According to the bank website, "The Government of Nepal has requested the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to support the development of the Priority River Basins Flood Risk Management Project, which focuses on seven priority river basins in the Terai Region: West Rapti, Mawa-Ratuwa, Lakhandehi, Mohana, Khutiya, East Rapti, and Bakraha. Collectively, 22,000 ha of the priority river basins and 95,000 people are exposed to 1-in-50-year flood. The project areas have minimal reactive embankment interventions, which provide limited flood protection. Between 1991 and 2015, the priority river basins experienced 390 floods, of which: (i) 35 floods caused economic damage of at least NRe1 million; (ii) 37 floods caused a total of 440 deaths; and (iii) 79 floods caused total destruction of more than 10 households. The flood risk is expected to increase as more people and assets locate in vulnerable areas in the Terai Region, which will be further exacerbated by climate change. The project aims to reduce flood-related economic and social losses in the priority river basins by strengthening integrated disaster risk management approaches. The direct project beneficiaries include local communities within the project area, DWRI, and the Department of Hydrology and Meteorology (DHM). Public sector support is justified as it is unlikely that the private sector would invest as project benefits are mainly social."
Responsible ADB Officer Suzanne Marsh
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Environment, Natural Resources & Agriculture Division, SARD
Ministry of Energy, Water Resources and Irrigation
Singh Durbar, Kathmandu, Nepal
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