Half of $422m UN aid appeal met: OCHA

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Jul 24, 2015-

The UN Office of the Humanitarian Coordination in Nepal has said that 50 percent of the $422-million humanitarian appeal had been received so far.

Three months after the first of the devastating earthquakes hit, hundreds of thousands of survivors continue to require and rely on urgent humanitarian assistance, OCHA said in a statement on Friday. Shelter, food and livelihood support, water and sanitation, medical and psychosocial care, and protection remain top priorities, OCHA said. The cold and damp monsoon weather exposes those affected to further hazards and, together with customs delays, adds to the challenges aid agencies tackle daily.

“The emergency is not over yet”, said Jamie McGoldrick, Humanitarian Coordinator in Nepal. “As long as humanitarian needs persist, relief agencies will continue to support the government in addressing these vulnerabilities and ensuring the survival of communities affected.”

In the last three months, according to the UN body, the humanitarian community provided shelter support to 340,000 families, distributed food to over 2 million people and provided safe drinking water to some 2.5 million survivors in 14 most-affected districts.

Hundreds of thousands of children continue to benefit from education and psychosocial support, and 99.8 percent of health facilities were also restored, it said further.

“I am heartened and encouraged by the dedication of the responders: the government, the many volunteers, my colleagues. Together, we achieved a lot,” said McGoldrick. “But we must continue”.

“Aid agencies aim to assist more than 1.4 million people with food and another 1 million people with livelihoods support.”

Medical camp kits will continue to replace damaged health infrastructure and temporary learning spaces are intended for additional 270,000 children, the statement added.

The humanitarian community is also planning ahead, to ensure the most vulnerable are assisted beyond monsoon and prepared to survive through the harsh and cold wintry conditions.

“We cannot fail the most vulnerable communities, people who count on us more than ever with the monsoon season under way and the winter fast-approaching,” added McGoldrick. “The humanitarian community can and will deliver on its commitments, provided that we receive the right support.”

An additional $222 million in support to post-earthquake relief was provided directly to the government of Nepal on a bilateral and in-kind basis.

Published: 25-07-2015 08:06

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