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Tornado Response

The devastating natural disaster hit Bara and Parsa on Sunday 31st March 2019. Later known that the disaster was actually a tornado and was known to be lasted from 7:15 to 7:45 PM in the evening. Bara and Parsa districts had been witnessing heavy-force winds. In the evening, thunderstorm and lightning were reported. The tornado with the speed of 90 km/hour, killed over 30 people, starting from Jagannath Village of Parsa district to Bhagewa village of Bara district of Nepal, covering 25 km distance and displacing over 500 households in Bara and Parsa districts, province 2 of Nepal. Nepal has never experienced windstorm of such a scale in last 50 years. It was like a whirlwind, creating a shape of a funnel according to locals, which razed rows of buildings, trees and electricity poles, blocking roads and rendering villages without electricity and communications channels. The destruction resulted from the storm was severe; especially houses and infrastructure of essential services such as electricity and water supply systems were diminished.

As per VCN’s motto “Respond within 24 hours of disaster" through ‘District Disaster Response Team’ by Search, Rescue and Relief”, VCN was on the ground immediately after disaster. VCN is permitted to serve in province 2 by provincial government since 2018 after during flood hit in Terai belt in Nepal.

Tornado Emergency Response

200 People Rescued

73 people received first aid treatment

5 HHs Benefited Temporary Shelter

50 HHs Received Mosquito Net

30 HHs Received Tarpaulins

10 HHs Received Tarpaulins, Hygiene Kits & Kitchen Utensil

64 HHS Received Cloths



Households Benefited = 159

Total Individuals Benefited = 1,068

VCN was the first organization to stand in front line for response immediately after the disaster through ‘District Disaster Response Team (DDRT)’. As per VCN’s motto, 'respond within 24 hours of disaster', VCN's search and rescue team rescued over 200 injured people and took them immediately to hospital for treatment. First aid kits were provided to medical team for primary treatment who were injured during the disaster. Mobile health teams were mobilized from the first day of disaster starting from Feta Rural Municipality.  Over 73 injured people were treated through medical mobile team.


DDRT rescuing people and First Aid treatment through mobile health team

1.Temporary Shelter

VCN responded for temporary shelter within 17 hours, with the assistance of the Nepal army and District Disaster Response Team. VCN built 5 temporary shelters in Feta Rural Municipality, Puraniya-3, Gachi Tole; most hit area by a tornado, where 13 people were killed. Besides constructing the shelter, VCN distributed 40 Tarpaulins in Futuwa-4, Parsauni, Bara, Nepal. The village had lost 2 people and households were completely damaged.



Temporary Shelter built by VCN within 17 hours after a disaster occurs

2. Hygiene Kits Distribution:

VCN distributed Hygiene Kits along with group participation of community members, local representatives and ward leaders with security. Emergency relief materials were transported from Kathmandu to Bara and stored in Nepal Police's warehouse. The next day, relief materials were taken to the distribution site along with police security. Hygiene Kits were distributed to the most affected areas of the Bara district in the 3 most affected areas where less humanitarian support had been delivered. The list of the most impacted households was provided to the VCN team by the CDO office and local community ward representatives.

Beneficiaries receiving Hygiene Kits 

3. Mosquito Net Distribution:

The temperature was above 35 degree Celsius and due to debris and garbage around the area, mosquitoes were hovering around the shelters especially during the night, so mosquito nets were distributed. Children, women and elderly people were benefited with the net that were distributed among most affected 50 households in Feta Rural Municipality, Puraniya-3, Gachitole.

Affected HHS receiving mosquito nets on next day after disaster.

Women’s receiving Mosquito Net

4. Kitchen Items Distribution:

VCN supported 10 HHs in Futuwa Rural Municipality, Parsauni-4, Bara with hygiene kits and kitchen items. Hygiene kits comprised of basic households items including blankets. Kitchen items consisted of cooking utensils and plates that were sufficient for 5 members in a family.

 Beneficiaries receiving Kitchen  Items

5. Clothes Distribution:

For relief distribution area, VCN selected Subarna Rural Municipality, Hardiya-4, Dalit Basti, where relief was not delivered till 3rd day after disaster. The area was quite unnoticed and 27 km away from the highway. The Chief District Office of Bara suggested us for delivering the relief items to this area. There were 64 households in the village with 384 of total population inhabitants among which over 120 populations were children below 12 years and other half were elderly people and 12 were pregnant. Total households were destructed and 1 dead body was found in the area. Due to low income of families, many children didn’t have clothes on their body.


Cloths distribution in Hardiya, Dalit Basti

Flood Response

Floods and landslides caused by heavy rainfall since 01 July, 2018, had claimed 12 lives in Nepal with a further 6 injured and 3 still missing. According to figures from Nepal’s disaster authority, since 01 July, 2018, 208 families in 20 districts had been affected by floods and landslides, which had destroyed 14 houses and severely damaged 169. Three people died after torrential rainfall which caused severe damage in Runtigadhi in Rolpa district. Other fatalities were reported in the districts of Parsa, Kailali, Banke, Dang, Sarlahi, Sindhuli, Tanahu and Kathmandu. The hardest of the rain began to fall on 01 July. Gularia in Bardiya district recorded 173.8 mm in 24 hours to 02 July. Simara in Bara district recorded 76 mm of rain in 24 hours to 03 July. According to Nepal’s Department of Hydrology and Meteorology, as of 03 July, many rivers were above warning level and all were rising high including the Saptakoshi (Kosi) at Chatra and the Mahakali (Sharda) at Darchula (Dattu), which were rising high from the warning levels.

Be Prepared for Flood

Flood are among the most frequent and costly natural disaster in Nepal.

Right Before a Flood

  • Listen to local area radio, NOAA radio or TV stations for the latest information and updates.
  • Be prepared to evacuate quickly and know your routes and destinations. Find a local emergency shelter.
  • Check your emergency kit and replenish any items missing or in short supply, especially medications or other medical supplies. Keep it nearby.

During a Flood

Staying Safe Indoors

  1. Turn off the power and water mains if instructed to do so by local authorities.
  2. Boil tap water until water sources have been declared safe.
  3. Avoid contact with floodwater. It may be contaminated with sewage or contain dangerous  insects or animals.
  4. Continue listening to local area radio, NOAA radio or TV stations for the latest information and updates.
  5. Don’t use gas or electrical appliances that have been flooded.
  6. Dispose of any food that comes into contact with flood water.

Staying Safe Outdoors

  1. Don’t walk, swim or drive through floodwater. Just six inches of fast-flowing water can knock you over and two feet will float a car.
  2. If caught on a flooded road with rapidly rising waters, get out of the car quickly and move to higher ground.
    Don’t walk on beaches or riverbanks.
  3. Don’t allow children to play in or near flood water.
  4. Avoid contact with floodwater. It may be contaminated with sewage or contain dangerous insects or animals.
  5. Stay out of areas subject to flooding. Underpasses, dips, low spots, canyons, washes, etc. can become filled with water.

After a Flood:

  1. Let friends and family know you’re safe. Register yourself as safe on the Safe and Well website
    If evacuated, return only when authorities say it is safe to do so.
  2. Continue listening to local news or a NOAA Weather Radio for updated information and instructions.
  3. Keep children and pets away from hazardous sites and floodwater.

Current ongoing project:

Pre Disaster Response- Water and Flood Rescue Training; in different districts:

Saptari Disaster Response

Team; Rajbiraj, Saptari districts response team, Nepal.


Earthquake Response

When a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal in April 2015, it brought devastation and heartache to the Himalayan country. This tragic disaster—which was followed by a series of powerful aftershocks— took more than 8,800 lives and damaged or destroyed more than 800,000 homes. The earthquake’s effects were far-reaching: collapsed schools, broken water systems, and lost sources of income among them. Thanks to generous donations in the quake’s aftermath, VCN was able to deliver lifesaving support and support and supplies to people in need. Nearly 300 volunteers mobilized to provide humanitarian aid such as medical care, emergency shelter, food, water, hygiene kits, blankets, kitchen items, and cash to help families survive in the critical days and weeks after the disaster. Volunteer Corps Nepal continues to provide vital support in Nepal as people rebuild their lives and communities.

Explore how we response to deal with big and small disasters across the country:

Be Prepared for Earthquake

 Staying Safe Indoors

  1. Move as little as possible – most injuries during earthquakes occur because of people moving around, falling and suffering sprains, fractures and head injuries
  2. Try to protect your head and chest.
  3. If you are in bed, stay there, curl up and hold on, and cover your head.
  4. Stay indoors until the shaking stops and you are sure it is safe to exit.
  5. If you smell gas, get out of the house and move as far away as possible.
  6. Before you leave any building check to make sure that there is no debris from the building that could fall on you.

Staying Safe Outdoors

  1. Find a clear spot and drop to the ground. Stay there until the shaking stops.
  2. Try to get as far away from buildings, power lines, trees, and streetlights as possible.
  3. If you’re in a vehicle, pull over to a clear location and stop. Avoid bridges, overpasses and power lines if possible.
  4. If you are in a mountainous area or near unstable slopes or cliffs, be alert for falling rocks and other debris as well as landslides.


VCN Supports Relief and Recovery Following Devastating Quake

More than 8,800 lives were lost. More than 800,000 homes were damaged or destroyed. The 2015 Nepal earthquake’s effects were far-reaching and devastating, including collapsed schools, compromised water systems and lost livelihoods for survivors. On the heels of the massive earthquake and terrifying aftershocks, hundreds of volunteers from the quickly delivered lifesaving support and supplies to people coping with overwhelming losses. VCN teams contributed to this massive effort, which also included reconnecting families with missing loved ones and distributing cash grants to assist tens of thousands of families with their most urgent needs-helping them survive in the difficult days, weeks and months ahead. As the slow process of recovery began, VCN with support from CDRT built a heath post in Palati, Barhabishe-4, Sindhupalchowk district, one of the prone hit area from earthquake. Where out of the 66,688 houses in the district 64,565 or 96.8% were destroyed and more than 3,550 people died.

Current ongoing projects:

Earthquake Response Project:-

Ruth Weirich Community Health post in Operation; post-earthquake response, Palati-4, Barhabishe, Sindhupalchowk district Nepal, Nepal: The Ruth Weirich Community Health Post is located in the central part covering the ward 1, 2, 3 and 4 of Barhabishe Rural Municipality covering 2300 households and 13,800 people are benefiting directly from the clinic.

Clinic observation from VCN Volunteer Team Beneficiaries are benefiting from the clinic


Ruth Weirich Clinic, Community Health Post