Our work in Nepal is ongoing, so much so that spare time to update the blog has been sparse. Here is a brief look into one of the projects we have been working on recently!
In March of this year, a powerful windstorm struck the districts of Bara and Parsa, two districts on the Indian border in the central region of the country. Rooves and houses were lost, and nearly 30 people were killed in the destruction.
Experts in the area called it Nepal’s first ever tornado, and scientists estimated that the storm had winds of 180 kilometers per hour (112 miles per hour), equivalent to an F2—strength tornado. Our local partners were personally unaffected by this storm, due to their distance from it. Below are pictures from our partners who helped to provide aid to those who were affected.
In June, another storm hit in the Kailali, Kanchanpur, and Bardiya districts, where many of our partners are. One of our partners reached out to us, asking for help with roof repairs and calling the storm a “typhoon.” He said that one family was “living under the sky,” as they had completely lost the roof to their home. Houses were “blown away,” leaving some families without shelter.
The lack of rooves and shelter was problematic for the time of year, since the average temperature in June is north of 100°F with humidity factored in. There was also concern for the lack of shelter due to the approaching monsoon season. We were able to provide resources and advice for repairing their buildings.
If you’d like more information about this storm, click here.