Nepal: COVID-19 Pandemic Situation Report No. 45 (As of 20 August 2021)
• With rising COVID-19 cases coupled with fewer partners engaged in the response, there is a potential for gap between needs and response to widen dramatically.
• Need to prioritize PPE in non-COVID-19 service delivery points for continuity of essential services.
• Over 45 water supply schemes are reportedly affected by floods and landslides countrywide, including Melamchi Water Supply Project, addressing water supply needs of Kathmandu Valley.
• Lack of adherence to public health and social measures by leaders at provincial and local levels has constrained promotion of practices among the general public.
• Road obstruction due to flooding and landslides has delayed COVID- 19 and monsoon response in various parts of the country.
• Clusters are responding to localized flooding in affected municipalities in provinces One and Two.
COVID-19 cases are on the rise again, with average daily new case counts over the past week approximately 2,500, and case positivity hovering around 20 percent. At the same time, a recent change in government has left leadership positions in the majority of ministries vacant, including the Ministry of Health and Population. At the operational level response activities continue and humanitarian partners are working on preparedness and planning for a new wave of infections as well as addressing the significant unmet needs arising from secondary impacts of the pandemic and its containment.
Monsoon rains are forecast to increase in intensity in the coming week, with many rivers already running close to warning levels, there is a risk of new flooding and landslide events, affecting more communities across the country. Over the last week localized flooding impacted several palikas in Province One and Province Two and cluster partners have been coordinating with local officials to provide assistance. At a time when livelihoods have already been severely challenges by recurrent lockdowns and various restrictions and coping mechanisms significantly depleted, resilience to natural hazards is predicted to be much lower than normal.