Inadequate Relief Response Leaves Humla Flood Victims Struggling

  December 26, 2022 By: INSEC

Households of Tanjakot, Sarkegad, and Namkha Rural Municipalities displaced due to flood caused during the incessant rainfall from October 5th to 11th have complained of not being included in the relief distribution program conducted by the Nepal Red Cross Society branch of Humla. After losing their houses to the disaster, a total of 60 families have been displaced in three Rural Municipalities.

The Nepal Red Cross Society branch office is currently distributing relief amount of 10,000 rupees per household and has distributed the relief amount to 113 households affected by the floods in the district since December 23rd.  However, the victims of Tanjakot, Sarkegad, and Namkha Rural Municipalities alleged being excluded from the distribution program.

According to locals in Tanjakot rural municipality, 25 households, in Sarkegad Rural Municipality,  20 households, and Namkha Rural Municipality, 15 households have been displaced. Keshav Budha of Tanjakot complained that none of them felt any relief and the Red Cross has failed to keep a detailed record of distribution.

Ganesh Mahat, Chairperson of the Red Cross Society branch office, said that the relief was distributed to 113 flood-affected households in Simkot, Adanchuli, Chankheli, and Kharpunath Rural Municipality of Humla. Among them, 28 households in Kharpunath, 56 households in Simkot, four households in Chankheli, and 25 households in Adanchuli Rural Municipality have received relief of a total amount of 12 lakh 50 thousand.

Chairman Mahat said that even though the relief distribution might not have reached the affected areas due to a lack of details on victims. However, according to a local despite sending the details of the Sarkegad flood and landslide victims’ families to the police, they haven’t been provided with relief.

Assistant Chief District Officer, Amrit Prasad Subedi said that details of the missing households will be collected through the police and the District Disaster Management Committee will hold a meeting and request the Red Cross Center to provide financial support.

Nanda Singh