Nepal Earthquake Response

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Latest update from the ground: 

  • Total deaths: 8,716
  • Total injured: 22,593
  • According to United Nations 8 million people have been affected by the disaster
  • Critical situation in rural areas, near the epicenter, where 90% of the people have lost their homes and livestock and have no way of getting food.
  • 2.8 million people are displaced. 
  • 507,015 homes are ‘fully damaged’ and 282,264 homes partially damaged
  • Over 3.6 million people are in need of food assistance
  • An estimated 1.4 million were prioritised for immediate food assistance
  • Rice seeds need to be distributed in the next three weeks 

Oxfam working on the ground:

  • Oxfam has provided aid to 271,874 people so far.
  • We aim to provide aid to at least 400,000 people and are have started work in five districts, delivering clean water and toilets.
  • Oxfam has already responded to isolated reports of diarrhoea and influenza. With the arrival of the monsoon, there is a huge risk of disease including cholera.
  • Rains have started and with them the landslides. Relief distribution and assessment work is being hampered because of landslides.
  • Oxfam is providing clean water to over 50,000 people
  • 29,510 emergency shelter have been distributed
  • Oxfam is working in five districts: Kathmandu valley, Dhading, Gorkha, Nuwakot, Sindhupalchok
  • Oxfam is also working to provide CGI sheets as monsoons have arrived and people need shelter from the rains
  • 21,616 households have been given food supplies
  • 1340 latrines have been constructed in the five districts
  • 3500 households will be provided transitional shelters in Gorkha area and this will be accompanied with cash transfer
  • Oxfam will be providing 615 shelter kits and water containers and Chlorine tablets and solar lamps to Takumajh lakuribot VDC
  • 500 tarpaulin and ground sheets will be provided by Oxfam to Simjung village, which is very hard to access
  • In Kitipur camp we have distributed tarpaulins for emergency shelter to 90 families, constructed 20 toilets and distributed 58,000 litres of safe drinking water
  • In Tundikhel camp, with around 15,000 people, Oxfam has installed a 11,000-litre water tank and constructed 20 pit toilets
  • Oxfam is providing sanitation facilities in Bhaktapur camps to cover over 2000 people
  • Water is being provided in Kathmandu in two camp sites and Oxfam plans to scale up water supply to all 16 camps in Kathmandu.

 

Oxfam has provided aid to 271,874 people so far, and we aim to help 400,000 people.

Latest field reports from Gorkha district:

March 31,2016: Update from Nepal

May 12,2015: Update from Gorkha district

May 2, 2015: Update from Gorkha District

April 30, 2015: Update from Gorkha District

April 29, 2015: Update from Gorkha District

Situation so far:

The worst earthquake since 1934 has hit Nepal. The death toll is 8,716 and thousands are injured, with many more feared trapped under rubble. The exact figure is still uncertain at this stage but is continuing to rise.

The Government of Nepal had declared a state of emergency in 30 districts out of 75 in the country and appealed for international humanitarian support.

It has begun to rain in the affected area and the weather department, reports that there will be moderate to heavy rainfall for the next 48 hours. Thousands of people are forced to be in the open without adequate shelter, water and food.

The rains and the aftershocks will slowdown the relief and response work. People are now exposed to the rains and the cold and there is an urgent need to ensure that they are provided safe and adequate water, food assistance and emergency shelter materials.

The threat of a major disease outbreak is looming. The situation will become far worse now that torrential monsoon rains have arrived.

Toilets have been damaged leading to people defecating in the open, which creates a risk of disease. Oxfam has already sent teams to respond to some reports of diarrhoea and influenza. With the rainy season starting in June, there is a huge risk of disease including cholera. 

"The worst part is not knowing when this will end. People are too scared to go back indoors as there have been 65 aftershocks since the main earthquake," says Zubin Zaman, Deputy Director, Humanitarian and Disaster Risk Reduction, Oxfam India.

There are huge logistical challenges in getting help to vulnerable people in remote areas. Congestion at Nepal’s only international airport, roads blocked by landslides and fuel shortages are making it difficult to transport aid to scattered communities across difficult mountainous terrain.

The earthquake was felt as far as India, Bangladesh and Tibet.  Over 60 people have died across the Indian states of Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal.  The death toll is expected to rise.

Oxfam is on the ground in Nepal and providing humanitarian support. We are there for the long haul. In addition a team of technical experts are preparing to fly from the UK with supplies to provide clean water, sanitation and emergency food supplies. 

After a disaster such as this clean water, emergency food and sanitation are crucial. When water supplies are damaged the chance of disease increases - Oxfam has many years’ experience in providing water and sanitation and is helping assess 12 of the severely affected areas of the country. 

Oxfam will be providing water, sanitation and hygiene (WaSH) support. 

Media contact

Gunjan Jain - gunjan@oxfamindia.org

 

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