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USAID Provides Assistance to the Government of Nepal Following Monsoon Flooding

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 1, 2007 WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is providing assistance to the Government of Nepal following monsoon rains that have caused flooding and landslides...

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is providing assistance to the Government of Nepal following monsoon rains that have caused flooding and landslides.

U.S. Chargé d'Affaires Robert L. Hugins requested the U.S. assistance on July 31, 2007 due to heavy rains that since July 17 have caused extensive damage in 28 of Nepal's 75 districts. The flooding and landslides have affected approximately 235,000 people, destroyed 15,000 homes and caused at least 56 deaths, according to preliminary estimates from the Nepal Red Cross Society. Flooding has also affected communications and transportation links to some areas, making a full assessment difficult.

In response, USAID has provided $50,000 through USAID/Nepal to Save the Children/US (SC/US), in partnership with the Nepal Red Cross Society (NRCS), for the local purchase and transport of emergency relief supplies. In addition, SC/US and NRCS distributed flood relief supplies pre-positioned through an existing USAID funded preparedness program.

NRCS surveys indicated particularly severe flooding in seven southern plains districts including Banke, Bardiya, and Kailali in the west, as well Dhanusa, Saptari, Siraha, and Udayapur districts in the east.

USAID will continue to monitor the situation and provide additional assistance as needed.

For more information about USAID's emergency humanitarian assistance programs, please visit www.usaid.gov/our_work/humanitarian_assistance/.

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