Samaritan’s Purse is currently responding to the earthquake in Nepal through a 26 person disaster assistance response team (DART) based in Kathmandu and a 9 person DART logistics team based in Delhi, India. We have highlighted six districts in the Kathmandu Valley as the main areas Samaritan’s Purse will respond through non-food item, water sanitation and hygiene, and food distributions. A DART medical team is also working in these districts through partnership with local hospitals as well as mobile medical clinics into hard-to-reach areas in the outlying communities.
On Saturday 25 April, an earthquake of magnitude 7.8 on the Richter scale struck the poor, landlocked and mountainous Asian state of Nepal. By 30 April, the death toll had risen to more than 5,500 and the UN estimates that 8million people across the country are affected by the disaster – more than a quarter of the population.
A. Situation Update
The first flash appeal was issued on 29 April, calling for US$415 million to response to the most urgent needs for the next three months (OCHA 29/04/2015). As of 27 April, WFP is conducting preliminary assessments in 12 districts. The detailed appeal can be access from http://www.humanitarianresponse.info/en/system/files/documents/files/nepal_flash_appe al_0.pdf
Subodh Varma,TNN | May 1, 2015, 01.32 AM IST
The Nepal earthquake tragedy has once again underscored the need to take measures in India itself to prevent a similar catastrophe. This has to begin with buildings in which people live and work. In the past 25 years, over 25,000 people died in major earthquakes in India and 95% of them were killed due to building collapse, according to disaster management experts.
An agreement on the framework for a Joint Plan of Action on Iran’s nuclear enrichment program in early April marked a major step forward. However, mid-month, Colombia’s peace process suffered a serious blow when Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) fighters killed government soldiers in an ambush; and fighting resumed in Ukraine between the military and separatist forces. The announced end of Saudi Arabia’s five-week airstrike campaign in Yemen on 21 April brought few tangible results: missile strikes continued as the humanitarian situation became increasingly dire.
The government has assured the Lok Sabha that everything will be done to provide relief to farmers affected by the recent devastating weather.
Food Minister Ram Vilas Paswan on Wednesday said norms on moisture content in grains have been relaxed and the process for procurement by agencies has been speeded up to aid them in this hour of crisis.
Paswan also assured farmers that MSP wont be reduced.
The Minister hinted that new norms would also compensate the farmers for losses suffered earlier.
Under the directives of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and as per the order of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, to deliver urgent humanitarian assistance to the people of Nepal by shipping quantities of humanitarian aid to those affected by the devastating earthquake that killed thousands of people and left tens of thousands homeless as well.
Author: Aditya Kalra
NEW DELHI, April 28 (Thomson Reuters Foundatiob) - India has cancelled the registration of nearly 9,000 charities for failing to declare details of donations from abroad, as New Delhi tightens surveillance on foreign-funded non-governmental organisations in the country.
In Q1-2015, FAO’s global cereal price index fell a further 13 percent year-on-year. It is now 5 percent lower than in Q4-2014.
Real prices of wheat have fallen by 10 percent over the last quarter. Prices are 20 percent lower than in Q1-2014 and at their lowest levels since mid-2010, thanks to large supplies, favourable production forecasts and strong export competition.
This report covers the period 1 January to 31 December 2014
A 7.8-magnitude quake struck Nepal at 0611 GMT on Saturday 25 April, 2015, flattening large parts of the capital Kathmandu and causing devastation across the impoverished Himalayan nation.
Here are the key facts about Nepal's worst natural disaster in 80 years.
- Death toll-
5,057 people are known to have died in Nepal alone
Another 8,000 were injured
18 climbers died at Mount Everest base camp when the quake sparked an avalanche
Based on the analysis of Rapid Eye data of 05 & 06-April-2015; Kompsat data of 05 April 2015
About the Event
Heavy incessant rains during last week of March, 2015 led to flooding in low lying areas around Jhelum river in Kashmir Valley. (Source: News Media, CWC)
This map highlights the recession in inundation & water accumulation in low lying areas due to heavy rains as on 05 & 06-April-2015 in parts of Jammu & Kashmir.
India continues its relief and rescue operations on war-footing in Nepal; Indian teams reach out far-flung areas near quake epicentre; Nepal government fears the death toll in Saturday's quake may touch 10,000; declares three-day national mourning.
On the fourth day of the killer quake which has left thousands dead and affected millions in the neighbouring country, Indian rescuers from NDRF and Air Force planes have begun reaching areas beyond Kathmandu valley near Pokhara.
ABU DHABI, 27th April, 2015 (WAM) -- Under the directives of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and as per the order of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, the Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundationto is working on delivering urgent humanitarian assistance to the people of Nepal by shipping quantities of humanitarian aid to those affected by the devastating earthquake that killed thousands of people and left tens of thousands homeless as well.
• The death toll from the recent earthquakes in Nepal has risen to 4,349, with 8,517 injured, as of 28 April. Numbers are expected to continue rising significantly. The district of Sindhupalchuk alone has recorded 1,250 deaths and another 1,039 have been reported in Kathmandu.
• According to the UN, an estimated 8 million people have been affected throughout Nepal.
A new book which aims to provide fresh perspectives on drylands development will be launched in Nairobi on 28 April
The new book will be launched at a press conference on Tuesday 28 April at 7am at the Intercontinental Hotel Nairobi. 1
The Kenyan National Drought Management Authority (NDMA) and the Pastoralist Parliamentary Group (PPG) are launching the publication, entitled 'Valuing Variability – New Perspectives on Climate Resilient Drylands Development'.
Snapshot 22–28 April 2015
Nepal: The 7.8 magnitude earthquake that hit the country on 25 April has affected 8 million people. As of 28 April, 5,057 people have been reported dead, and more than 8,500 injured. Hundreds of thousands of people are living in tents, while the villages closest to the quake’s epicentre remain inaccessible.
India carrying out yet another gigantic rescue and relief mission in neighbouring Nepal; Military and Civilian planes and helicopters assisting in big way evacuating people and transporting relief material; NDRF teams fan out in affected areas extricating people and bodies from rubble and debris.
Rescue workers on Monday stepped up efforts to locate survivors trapped under tonnes of rubble of flattened homes and buildings in earthquake-hit Nepal.
Sanjay Dutta,TNN | Apr 28, 2015, 02.31 AM IST
NEW DELHI: PM Narendra Modi has asked oil minister Dharmendra Pradhan to assess the situation in East Champaran district of Bihar, the area in India which has been hit the most by Saturday's devastating earthquake that ripped through Nepal, and monitor fuel supply to the neighbouring country.