Hundreds of families lost their homes when a violent thunderstorm hit the south of Nepal late on Sunday 31 March. Families were just getting ready for dinner when a storm suddenly struck villages in the Bara and Parsa Districts of Nepal, burying hundreds of people underneath rubble of collapsing homes.
The storms flung metal roofs and vehicles across their settlements, covered roads in debris, took down hundreds of trees, electricity poles and damaged water supply systems and toilets. The freak storms claimed 35 lives and injured more than 650 people. The poorest people were hit hardest - four out of five families lost their homes when the gale force winds ripped through their villages. Nepal hasn’t seems storms of this force and scale of destruction in decades.
We urgently need to come alongside these families to help them survive and need your help.
A gift of £15 could provide a sanitation and hygiene kit for a family, helping them to protect themselves against waterborne diseases.
A gift of £61 could buy a family recovery pack, including clothes, mosquito nets, cooking utensils, a small gas cooker and practical hygiene and sanitation supplies.
In the unlikely event that we exceed the funds needed for this project, money will be used for similar disaster relief work.
Getting help to people as soon as disaster strikes
The geography of Nepal makes it prone to unpredictable disasters - earthquakes, storms, floods and landslides. People may lose homes, livelihoods, or loved ones.
So, when the worst happens, we want to be able to respond quickly to help people in need.
The Disaster Relief Fund enables INF and our partners in Nepal to save precious time and get help where it’s most needed straight away.
Helping people rebuild their lives
Nepal's geography makes it prone to unpredictable disasters -earthquakes, floods and landslides. So, when the worst happens, we want to be able to respond quickly to help people in need. The Disaster Relief Fund enables INF and our partners in Nepal to save precious time and get help where it’s most needed straight away.
EXAMPLES OF HOW DISASTER RELIEF FUNDS HAVE HELPED in the past
A landslide in the middle of the night swept away a Dalit village leaving one child dead and many homes destroyed. Money from the Disaster Relief Fund was released so that a local church organisation could provide emergency food rations, hygiene materials, mattresses and blankets straight away, showing the love of God in a very practical way.
In a remote part of Kapilvastu 15 families [88 people], lost their homes in a fire. They not only lost the roofs over their heads but also their food, clothing, cooking equipment, and money. INF stepped in. Staff replaced the supplies lost in the disaster. INF/UK was immediately able to commit to funding whatever help was needed, from the Disaster Relief Fund because of previous donations from supporters.
Severe monsoon rains caused flooding across many parts of Nepal including areas where there are INF projects. Dozens of people were killed and thousands left homeless. INF's disaster response team coordinated with the Nepal Government and local Christian organisations to provide emergency relief, including food for over 600 families.
A large landslide devastated villages in the area of Lumle, a few miles north of Pokhara. Many homes were swept away and at least 30 people were killed. INF worked in partnership with a local church organisation, which helped with searching for bodies. Paths were rebuilt so that children can return to school and materials provided to strengthen the hills and river banks.
Landslides in the Pokhara valley killed four people, destroyed family homes, took down electricity supplies, and left some areas flooded. Funded by our Disaster Relief Fund, local churches worked together to provide practical help and support. Families temporarily sheltered in community centres and churches received food and blankets.
A massive earthquake shook Nepal, killing thousands of people and causing devastation across large parts of the country. Within a few hours, INF had flown doctors into the affected regions. But it was clear that long term help would be needed. Over the past two years INF has funded the rebuilding of homes and health posts, as well as providing emergency relief supplies.
Your support can help get emergency relief and supplies to families and communities, whether that’s food, shelter or medical care. But our help doesn’t stop there. Often it takes a long time for communities to rebuild, and INF is committed to walking with people every step of the way. Your support makes the vital long-term rehabilitation work possible. INF works in areas for as long as is needed to see individuals and families living safe and healthy lives.
Through training and equipping, the Disaster Relief Fund also helps communities to be better prepared to face future disasters.