UNDP supports early recovery in the flood affected areas

24 Sep 2009

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In order to support the Koshi flood affected victims start a new livelihood, after their return to their original places, UNDP joined hands with WFP in its Food for Work programme with cash top up in 23 wards of 4 affected Village Development Committees (VDCs)- Shripur, Haripur, Paschim Kushaha and Laukahi.

The District Development Committee(DDC) Sunsari took the lead through the UNDP Quick Impact and Peace Support Initiative (QIPSI) to implement the Cash for Work programme. The joint venture was undertaken to create short term employment for Internally Displaced People. A total of 7484 individuals from 7085 households benefited from this program.

One eligible IDP from each family participated for 50 days in the Food for Work programme and worked on the construction and rehabilitation of public schemes. Preference was given to an eligible female member of a family. The term ‘eligible’ was defined as the person who is between 18 to 60 years of age and is physically fit to work in intensive labour works.

Each beneficiary received 4 Kgs of rice and 0.5 Kgs of pulses per work day from WFP as Food for Work and NRs. 60 on top of it from the QIPSI to cover other daily needs. The total cash distributed with the support of QIPSI was NRS. 18.1 million.

Through the programme, the communities constructed rural roads, irrigation dams, culverts, tube wells and community fish ponds . QIPSI provided support worth NRS 3.4 million to cover the non food activities such as tube wells, culverts etc.

Plantation works along the road and ponds were also undertaken. Deprosc Nepal, an NGO working in the field of recovery and rehabilitation, installed 122 tube wells with UNDP funding support.

Similarly micro infrastructure schemes were also implemented in 23 Wards of the 4 VDCs through the DDC/Local Development Fund with UNDP/QIPSI support worth NRS 9.7 million. There are 550 drinking water tube wells, 17 irrigation shallow tube wells, 22 culverts, 3 schools, 2 community buildings, 2 Madarasas and 7 public toilets constructed.

The Koshi floods in August 2008 left more than 50,000 people homeless in Sunsari, Eastern Nepal, and affected millions in the neighbouring Indian state of Bihar.