‘Marginalised folk missed out on aid’

- Post Report, Kathmandu

Apr 25, 2016-

Many of the most marginalised and vulnerable communities missed out on aid like cash distributions during the critical emergency response phase of the relief effort, according to a report by Save the Children.

The report titled ‘Did the Humanitarian Response to the Nepal earthquake ensure no one was left behind?’, released on Sunday says as many as 600,000 households remain without permanent shelter. 

Due to lack of formal rebuilding programme in the past 12 months partly due to the sheer scale of the disaster and the massive logistical challenges in an extremely mountainous region millions of families are still living in temporary shelters covered by tarpaulins, under bridges and in unsafe buildings, it reads.  

“Though millions of people in Nepal have been reached with vital healthcare, water and hygiene support, food, temporary shelter and education, the response could have been better in some areas,” said Save the Children Country Director, Delailah Borja.

Borja added the mountainous terrain of Nepal, poor conditions of roads and fuel shortages added to the difficulty in reaching the most isolated and vulnerable communities. Getting out to many of the more remote and often badly affected areas was almost impossible with roads cut off from landslides, while many villages were only accessible by foot. 

Save the Children claims to have reached out to over 580,000 earthquake survivors so far. With more than 28,000 classrooms destroyed, over 7,000 schools which need to be rebuilt, it has stated that building safer schools also remains its priority. 

Published: 25-04-2016 07:11

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