Cold hits flood survivors: UNFPA

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Jan 21, 2015-

Five months after the landslides and subsequent flooding that brought devastation to large swathes in the country, thousands of survivors continue to remain exposed to bitter temperatures and wintry conditions, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has warned.

The UN agency–which has a mandate to focus on improving sexual and reproductive health issues for women around the world–has been active on the ground since mid-August when the government appealed for humanitarian assistance following massive flooding and landslides which affected some 130,000 people across 23 districts in the country.

The agency has since been distributing so-called ‘dignity kits’ containing warm winter clothes, flashlights, soap and sanitary napkins as well as reproductive health kits, including medicines, equipment to support safe deliveries and family planning supplies, to uprooted families.

In a press release issued last week, Giulia Vallese, UNFPA representative to Nepal, said an extra push to distribute flood-response provisions in the four worst-affected districts–Banke, Bardiya, Dang and Surkhet–has taken place.

“This support is in accordance with UNFPA Nepal’s commitment to providing reproductive health services, prevent and respond to gender-based violence, prevent transmission of HIV and provide much-needed hygiene supplies,” she said.

UNFPA noted that it would continue to work with the government and other UN agencies to ensure that the needs of those women and girls still reeling from the disaster continue to be met.

Published: 22-01-2015 09:23

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