Early recovery works in Sunsari

07 Dec 2009

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Early recovery works are ongoing in the four villages of Sunsari district affected by the Koshi river flood 15 months ago. A total of 7563 families were affected including 1422 landless families.

The major agencies providing support in early recovery works are UNDP, WFP, UNICEF, Save the Children, World vision International, ADB, Plan Nepal, local NGOs and Government Line Agencies.

Early recovery works are coordinated through the cluster system. Five clusters such as WASH (water, hygiene and sanitation), Agriculture, Social sector, Livelihood and Infrastructure were developed to coordinate more efforts and support to maximize fund collaboration , avoid resource duplication and optimum use of new technologies. For better coordination, the individual cluster groups, led by the concerned Government line agencies also meet fortnightly. 

The District Disaster Relief Committee (DDRC) has been taking the lead in the implementation of recovery programme with logistical and technical support from UNDP. 

UNDP has established a coordination office within the premises of the DDC in Sunsari and provided two computers with appropriate software database, including networking of all computers, two small generators for backup and a printer. Two data entry associates have been provided through the Local Development Fund in the District Development Committee to manage the data for the distribution of Government Comprehensive Compensation Package to Koshi flood victims. 

Under the Comprehensive Compensation Package, the government is providing compensation in four sectors such as land, crops, shelter and 2 Katha (.066 hectares) of land that will be purchased by the government to give it to landless families. 

All the calculations are done in the computer database after verification with the government records. The calculated amount is directly transferred into the affected household's bank account.

Under this provision, the first installment will cover 50% of the land compensation and 100% of crop compensation.

As of 17 November 2009, 2763 families have received the Comprehensive Compensation Package amounting to 32 million rupees. 

The distribution started from the worst affected area- ward 9 of Shripur VDC. After completing this process, compensation will be provided to households with damaged houses and land to the landless families.