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Nepal seeks international assistance for flood relief

india Updated: Sep 05, 2006 12:54 IST

Nepal has sought international assistance worth $3.58 million to help provide immediate relief to victims of recent floods in the Himlayan Kingdom.

The appeal for assistance was made by the Nepalese Foreign Ministry during a meeting with representatives of foreign missions and international non-governmental organisations in Kathmandu on Monday.

The Ministry has asked the donors for the need of $1,400 each to 500 families in Achham for their rehabilitation.

"There is a need for $58 each to 1,000 families in Banke and Bardiya districts to provide temporary shelter and $7 per family per day to 10,500 families for one month to feed."

In Banke and Bardiya districts of mid-west Nepal, 6,600 and 5,000 houses have been affected due to floods and landslides triggered by incessant rain over the past few weeks.

At least three-dozen people were killed in Banke, Bardiya and Achham districts due to natural calamities.

The government has sent relief materials worth $35,000 in Banke, Bardia and Achham districts, according to Home Ministry sources.

According to the World Food Programme (WFP) $20 million worth food and other materials were needed in the flood and famine affected areas. The food situation has reached a critical stage in the districts of Dolpa, Mugu, Humla, Kalikot, Jumla and Bajura.

WFP's Nepal Representatives Richard Reagan said, there was a need for 6,520 tons of rice and 762 tons of wheat to 142,000 people in those six districts in coming four months.

There was an immediate need of 3,700 tons of foodgrains worth $5.3 million and it has a budget shortage of $2.1 million to fulfil the requirements, he said.

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