Plan International Nepal responds to Karnali earthquake
Plan International Nepal is providing life-saving support to children and families worst affected by the earthquake in Karnali on 3 November.
Pahiro Alert is an app that provides community members with early warnings about landslides and helps them to prepare.
Landslides are among the most prominent and recurring hazards in Nepal, often resulting in disasters.
Most of the rain-induced landslides occur during the monsoon season (June-September) when Nepal receives 80% of its total annual rainfall. However, shifts in rainfall patterns and increased intensity and frequency of heavy rains are contributing to landslide events beyond the Monsoon seasons. Additionally, heavy rains might reactivate earthquake-induced landslides.
Pahiro Alert shares rain forecast data and ensure it is contextualised and actionable to affected communities and households. Together with the forecasts, it also provides household level categorisation and early action planning for landslides risks based on vulnerability and capacity so that anticipatory actions will be targeted on the basis of actual and specific needs considering exposure, gender, age, caste, and other specific identities of the affected population rather than taking a blanket approach.
It is currently being piloted in Narharinath Rural Municipality, Kalikot.
Scan the QR code below or search for Pahiro Alert on Google Play Store.
With the availability of the forecast information, quality assessments and the relevant protocol, humanitarian assistance and necessary interventions can be provided prior to the onset of any predictable shock.
Anticipatory action is a shift in disaster risk management planning and development. It means acting before the onset of any predictable shock, thereby contributing to faster, more dignified, and more cost-effective interventions than traditional humanitarian response activities.
In addition, it facilitates inclusive, multi-stakeholder approaches and provides rationale for the development of new technologies and approaches to disaster risk management that combine local knowledge and more nuanced environmental assessment techniques, while also empowering local people themselves to undertake this analysis.
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