Sisaut Flood Relief

Flood Relief August 2017
Distribution of relief materials to Flood Victims of Sisuat Village, Sarlahi

Nepal witnessed incessant rainfall in the second week of August 2017. The flooded rivers and streams inundated many districts in the eastern Terai. Saptari, Sarlahi, Rautahat and Chitwan were the worst affected districts that saw hundreds of deaths, thousands rendered homeless and millions lost in properties.
An emergency meeting of Barbara Peace Foundation (BPF) was called on August 12 to respond to the crisis, and it decided to provide emergency relief to the flood-affected people of the most-affected areas of marginalized communities.

Accordingly, on August 26, 2017 (Bhadra 10, 2074), BPF with the assistance of Hetauda Community Eye Hospital distributed the much-needed relief materials comprising food, clothes, medicines to Dom, Chamar, Musahar and Muslim communities, which are among Nepal’s most marginalized groups, in the flood-inundated village of Sisaut in Sarlahi.

The village was selected for relief distribution after an extensive assessment of the communities in most need of the relief. One part of the assessment included an on-site situational assessment of the flood-affected areas of Madi, Chitwan by Dr Swarnim Wagle, Board member and Vice Chair of the National Planning Commission, Prof. Dr. Govind Raj Pokharel, Board Member, and Mr. Sharad Adhikary, Director of BPF on August 19. During the visit, Dr. Wagle handed over Rs. 3 lakhs to the mayor of Madi Municipality Thakur Prasad Dhakal to go to the Madi Municipality Flood Victims Relief Fund.

Populated by marginalized Dalit and Muslims communities, Sisuat is located in an extremely remote part of Ramnagar Village Council, Sharlahi. The residents saw their houses completely damaged, their small farms washed away and all their properties lost. With the help of the representatives of Hetauda Community Eye Hospital, Director Sharad Adhikary procured and distributed the relief materials to the affected families.