October 2009 Floods
Updated: Jul 25, 2019
In early October 2009, western Nepal was once again hit with severe flooding. It rained constantly for over 30 hours in some places. Landslides occurred, homes and livestock were lost, property was destroyed, and 36 people died in the first day alone.
The village of PremNagar, which had sustained much damage from the flooding this past August, was flooded again. They recorded the worst flooding in the history of that village. Water levels reached five feet deep in some places and several homes were lost. Some people sought refuge on the roof of the school where they awaited rescue. Rescue efforts were difficult due to the fact that the road leading to PremNagar was covered with three feet of water. A large truck was stranded on the road to PremNagar as it attempted to help the people in trouble. Many people went days without food or clean water, and nothing left to them but the clothes on their backs.
Once the rain stopped and the water began to recede, the church at Tikapur immediately began relief efforts. Our friends in India and America sent aid that meant our local partners were able to deliver food and supplies to over 190 families right away. Relief aid was also sent to PremNagar including rice, lentils, salt, oil, beaten rice, and tents for the people who had lost their homes completely.