DfID extends 1.5m pounds to WFP for post-quake works

- Post Report, Kathmandu

Oct 25, 2016-

The Department for International Development (DfID), a United Kingdom’s government agency that looks into overseas aid, has extended 1.5 million pounds to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to support post-earthquake reconstruction works in Nepal.

The fund made available by the DfID will be used to rehabilitate six trails of 129 km and complete engineer assessments on a further six trails of 158 km in the areas 

that were most severely affected by the devastating earthquakes of April and May, 2015, says a press statement issued today by the WFP, the world’s largest humanitarian agency that fights hunger worldwide, delivers food in emergencies and works with communities to build resilience.

The new trails will be built to withstand seasonal landslides as well as future earthquakes. The project will directly or indirectly benefit approximately 55,175 people living in the mountainous areas of Dhading, Gorkha, and Rasuwa.

“Nearly 18 months ago, the devastating earthquakes destroyed trails and roads in large swathes of rural Nepal, and the effects are still being felt today,” the statement quotes Pippa Bradford, WFP Nepal representative and country director, as saying. “WFP knows that access to trails helps communities reach markets and social services, and is inextricably linked to food security and economic 

development.”

Published: 25-10-2016 07:58

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