Nepal's Last Village

Paper author: 
Oxfam in Nepal
Paper publication date: 
Friday, July 1, 2022

Kutiyakawar is a beautiful community of Dodhara-Chadani municipality situated in Kanchanpur district,
Sudur Paschim province of Nepal. One must cross two narrow suspension bridge built over the Mahakali
River and Jogbuda River to get to the village, so access is only possible on foot or a two-wheeler. Access
via four-wheelers is only possible through the Indian side which makes it more challenging to conduct
disaster preparedness and response missions. Having the Indian land just a few steps away from its
compound, the village is also known as "The last village".
Kutiyakawar community is a small landmark and a riverine island surrounded by the two major river
systems viz Mahakali and Jogbuda which had been hit by frequent floods of smaller magnitudes in the past
causing floods and inundations regular phenomenon along with numerous threats experienced by villagers
posed by the same. However, in October of 2021, due to continuous rainfall, the village was inundated by
a huge, unprecedented flood since as far as 1965.