Earthquake news

The United Nations produces regular ‘Situation Reports’ on the Nepal earthquake.  Here are some key points from their report of 3 June 2015.

Humanitarian crisis   8,702 people are known to have died, thousands were injured and 2.8 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance.  It is estimated that US$ 42 million is required for emergency work and only 30% has been received so far.

Homes  505,000 houses have been destroyed and 280,000 damaged.  864,000 people have lost their homes in remote mountain areas.  Over 1 million people have so far been provided with emergency water and sanitation facilities, mostly in towns and cities.

Monsoon  Monsoon rains will hamper distribution of aid and resources, with particular difficulties in the mountainous Gorkha region, accessible only by helicopter due to landslides.  Concerns mount over continuing internal migrations of displaced communities and operation of temporary camps, particularly hygienic drainage and sanitation during the monsoon.

‘Cash for Work’  Government approved ‘Cash for Work’ programmes demolishing, resorting and recycling building materials are beginning and involve about 4,250 workers.

Education  Over 36,000 classrooms have been destroyed and almost 17,000 have been partially damaged, impacting 1 million school children.  Temporary ‘back to school’ classrooms are now operating in 16 districts.

Food  Food supply is now a worry in remote areas.  70% of households are estimated to have only borderline food supplies.  236,000 farming households have been badly affected in the six worst hit districts:  Sindhu[palchowk, Nuwakot, Dhading, Rasuwa, Gorkha and Dolakha.

All the projects which we regularly support have been working hard to provide emergency relief in their localities, whether that be sacks of rice, trauma counselling, tents and tarpaulins or emergency latrines.  Particular mention should be made of Community Action Nepal which has projects in badly affected areas such as Gorkha and Langtang/Helambu, and Nepal School Projects which works in the isolated Kavre district and which is being bypassed by international aid.

The Namche dental clinic was badly damaged and will have to be completely rebuilt.  As the clinic received only a small grant from the proceeds of the 2013 race, £10,000 has been offered to help with this reconstruction.

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