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Barne Budha indicates the height of recent flooding in Tikapur municipality, western Nepal. MCC is appealing for blankets to distribute to affected families. Nepal Christian Relief Services

Barne Budha indicates the height of recent flooding in Tikapur municipality, western Nepal. MCC is appealing for blankets to distribute to affected families. Nepal Christian Relief Services

MCC responds to flooding in Nepal

November 5, 2008

AKRON, Pa. – Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) is appealing for donations of 7,000 blankets for 3,500 families in western Nepal whose homes and belongings were destroyed by flooding in September.

In late September and October, MCC supported Nepal Christian Relief Services in distributing canned turkey, blankets and other supplies to about 570 affected families.

Many families' mud-walled houses disintegrated in the water, and crops such as rice were also lost, according to Daya Ram Pokharel, program coordinator for Nepal Christian Relief Services. The United Nations estimates that more than 200,000 people have been affected.

Families that lost their homes are living in makeshift straw huts that are not adequate for the winter, according to Pokharel. Blankets are urgently needed because winter temperatures can drop near freezing in the plains of western Nepal.

"If it happens, many people will die," Pokharel said.

An MCC Web page, mcc.org/kits/comforters, provides information on how to donate blankets, including dozens of drop-off locations in Canada and the U.S.