Mercy Corps responding to catastrophic flooding in Nepal


September 18, 2017

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  • Local people evacuating from flooded areas to higher ground in the Kailali district of Nepal. PHOTO: Mercy Corps Nepal Country Team

One month after widespread floods ravaged southern Nepal, Mercy Corps is responding with urgent support to help Nepalis meet their immediate needs, focusing on sanitation and infrastructure.

In total, the disaster has affected nearly 2 million people. The flooding in August has displaced more than 460,000 people, impacting nearly half the country’s 75 districts. Some parts of Nepal have seen the heaviest rainfall in 60 years, and damage to farmland could have devastating impacts on long-term food security.

The humanitarian needs are significant—especially for women, girls and vulnerable populations. Our teams report that clean drinking water is hard to access, and malnutrition rates are now at critical levels. Water, sanitation and hygiene needs will likely get worse for children and pregnant and breastfeeding women.

Mercy Corps has worked in Nepal since 2006 and is committed to helping families overcome crisis. With the support of Xylem Watermark, we are responding to this emergency by distributing shelter and hygiene kits, as well as rehabilitating key infrastructure like school water tanks and hand-pumps.

Our work in Nepal is helping hundreds of thousands of people build a stronger future through agriculture, education, disaster preparedness, and economic opportunity.

How you can help

Our readiness to respond to disasters like these and help strengthen communities for the long term is thanks to the generosity of supporters like you. To support our work now and for the future, please consider making a gift to our Humanitarian Response Fund.