17 August 2017

Nepal Crippled by Overwhelming Flooding

Kathmandu, Nepal, August 17, 2017 - A vicious monsoon season has left Nepal debilitated and victim to rising floodwaters that have impacted more than half of the country’s 75 districts. According to the UN, at least 75,000 families have been affected. SOS Children’s Villages operates in two of the most heavily affected areas in Nepal—Itahari and Biratnagar.
 
Despite the widespread destruction in the area, children, youth and staff at SOS Children’s Village Itahari, SOS Youth Facility Biratnagar, Hermann Gmeiner School Itahari and the social centers in Itahari and Sunsari are safe. The only damage reported was at the SOS Children’s Villages Youth Facility for girls at Biratnagar, where heavy rain damaged a compound wall and flooded the ground floor of the two-story building. The ground floor has been cleaned and returned to use.
 
SOS continues to monitor the situation in Nepal to determine how it can best support those affected by the heavy rainfall.

SOS Children's Villages has been present in Nepal since the late 1960s. The work of the organization first started near the capital city of Kathmandu. Since the 1970s, SOS Children's Villages has also worked in the Pokhara valley. More recently, SOS has been providing emergency relief to vulnerable children and families affected by the devastating earthquake which hit the country in April 2015.