Bridge to Nepal Blog

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

October 2009 Floods

In early October 2009, western Nepal was once again hit with severe flooding. It rained constantly for over 30 hours in some places. Landslides occurred, homes were lost, property was destroyed, livestock was lost and 36 people died in the first day alone.

The village of PremNagar, which had sustained much damage from the flooding this past August, was flooded again, recording the worst flooding in the history of that village. Water levels reached five feet deep in some places and several homes were lost. Some people sought refuge on the roof of the school where they awaited rescue. Rescue efforts were difficult due to the fact that the road leading to PremNagar was covered with three feet of water. A large truck was stranded on the road to PremNagar as it attempted to rescue people in trouble. Many people went days without food or clean water and nothing left but the clothes on their backs.

Leaving PremNagar

The road to PremNagar

A large truck gets stranded on the road to PremNagar

The flood damaged many homes

Trying to dry things out

Once the rain stopped and the water began to recede, the church at Tikapur immediately began relief efforts. Thanks to generous donations from Christ the King Church in Dover, NH, Good News Church in Goa, India and several other donors, they were able to deliver food and supplies to over 190 families in Urdepur, Bangalapur, Rani Kula right away. In Urdepur the people were asking why they were helping them. One volunteer told them it was because of God's love and he was able to share the Gospel. One old man asked this volunteer who is "this lovely God?" The volunteer told him about Jesus and immediately he gave his life to Jesus and they prayed for his family.

Relief aid was also sent to PremNagar including rice, lentils, salt, oil, beaten riceand tents for some people who lost their homes completely.
Relief aid provided by the church at Tikapur

Thaggu's house was 75% covered in water and the collapsed

Showing how high the water level reached