France provides humanitarian aid for flood victims

Published On: October 12, 2017 02:30 AM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, Oct 12: The French government has provided a humanitarian aid of euro 100,000 to Handicap International Nepal (HI) for the victims of the 2017 tarai floods.

 According to a press statement issued by the Embassy of France in Nepal, the aid will target the families that are the most vulnerable such as persons with disabilities. 
“Handicap International will use the aid to cater to the immediate needs of the affected people in the tarai and the families that have been displaced.  The targeted districts are Banke and Dang,” it said in the statement.

Some of the principle activities under this aid, according to the press statement, are to provide essential non-food items such as tarpaulins, mosquito nets, beds, blankets, cloths, and organize health and rehabilitation camps including referrals that offer, amongst others, physiotherapy and sessions of kinesiotherapy.  Schemes such as “Cash for Work” would also be implemented.

About 700 families (3,500 persons) would receive non-food items, about 400 people would benefit from health and rehabilitation camps, about 600 vulnerable people would receive psychological support to overcome the trauma caused by the catastrophe, and about 300 wounded would receive functional rehabilitation support.  

“As the people with disability are the most vulnerable during difficult times, we will be working with Handicap International, a French INGO well-known in its domain, to help those affected surmount this catastrophe," the statement quoted French Ambassador to Nepal Yves Carmona as saying.

The country director of Handicap International Nepal, Willy Bergogne, said the support from France and the French Embassy will be crucial in ensuring that people with disability and vulnerable population of Banke and Dang benefit from adequate support following the floods that affected the southern part of Nepal.

Earlier, the French government had provided euros 200,000 to UNICEF Nepal for the management of acute malnutrition in 18 flood-affected districts.  

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