UNICEF Nepal Humanitarian Situation Report 5: Reporting period: September 1 – October 31, 2021 – Nepal

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• Nepal continued to experience a substantial decrease in the average number of COVID-19 cases reported daily during the reporting period; However, that is not out of the woods yet, with cases reported daily and test positivity rates fluctuating and a potential risk of transmission after festival season. The total national COVID-19 tally reached 812,570 (with 75,387 people under the age of 20) and 11,407 deaths as of October 31, and the recovery rate stands at 97.4%.

• More than 15 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered by the government as of October 31, covering 43.5% of the target population over the age of 18 with one dose of vaccine and 36.1% with two doses complete.

• Most schools in Nepal have started to reopen for in-person lessons since mid-September. Although official data is not available, it is estimated that 90% of schools have resumed classes nationwide. UNICEF and partners continue to support training and guidance on the safe reopening of schools, in line with standards stipulated under the government framework for reopening schools.

• Heavy non-seasonal post-monsoon rains between October 17 and 20 in Sudurpaschim, Karnali, Lumbini and Province One, triggered the largest floods and landslides of 2021, resulting in loss of life and heavy damage in the agricultural sector, in particular the -harvesting of rice fields. Heavy torrential rains, in the middle of the last days of the biggest Dashain festival, left 121 dead (including 26 children) and 44 injured (8 children). UNICEF provided immediate WASH and health support to more than 15,000 people.

• UNICEF and partners supported 10,993 people (3,992 men and 7,001 women), including those who remain isolated at home and vulnerable children and families affected by floods / landslides and post-rains. monsoon with psychosocial support.

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