UN: Nepal still requires humanitarian assistance

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu
UN: Nepal still requires humanitarian assistance

Jun 25, 2015-

Two months after the first of the two devastating earthquakes hit Nepal, some 2.8 million people continue to require vital humanitarian assistance, the UN said on Thursday.

Temporary shelter, food and livelihoods, basic medical care, sanitation and hygiene, and protection remain the key needs as survivors now also face the added challenges posed monsoon.

“Ensuring the survival of hundreds of thousands of people, who lost their homes and livelihoods in the back-to-back disasters, through the monsoon must remain our top collective priority,” said Jamie McGoldrick, the UN humanitarian coordinator in Nepal.  “Timely, principled and equitable relief and recovery are the key prerequisite for any reconstruction effort to be successful. The humanitarian community will continue to support the Government in its effort to address the unmet humanitarian needs.”

With nearly 530,000 houses destroyed and another 278,000 damaged by the quakes, hundreds of thousands of people continue to remain in makeshift shelters, including more than 117,000 people who were relocated to open air sites. Many affected families are also struggling to recover and rebuild their livelihoods, as seeds for planting and livestock were lost in the disasters.

Till date, around 350,000 tarpaulins were distributed in 14 affected districts, but it is estimated that 43,500 households have still not received adequate supplies.

Material assistance, including corrugated iron sheets, is still required for 44,000 of the 125,000 families who began to rebuild their homes, relying mostly on their own means.

Aid agencies estimate that more than 1 million people continue to require food assistance to meet their daily dietary requirements, while 500,000 people need continued support to protect and restore their livelihoods. More than 900,000 people depend on sustained provision of water and sanitation, including 2,000 communities relying on water filtration kits provided by humanitarian partners. Access to safe temporary learning spaces is still required for some 370,000 children. Provision of relief depends now even more on the logistical support, as the monsoon season began.

“Humanitarian needs are still significant and are expected to persist through the end of September,” said McGoldrick. “Our ability to address these needs depends largely on the funds which will be made available for humanitarian assistance itself, which is financed independently and separately from recovery and development efforts”. To date, only US$ 153 million, or 36 per cent, was received against the $422-million humanitarian appeal.

An additional $200 million in support to post-earthquakes relief was provided directly to the Government of Nepal on a bilateral and in-kind basis.

Published: 26-06-2015 07:44

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