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05 May 2015 description

By Capt. Cassandra Gesecki, III MEF/MCIPAC Consolidated Public Affairs Office

KATHMANDU, Nepal --

Four MV-22B Ospreys arrived at Tribhuvan International Airport May 3 to support relief efforts in central Nepal after a magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck the country on April 25.

An international humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operation has been taking place in and around Kathmandu since the earthquake struck. These aircraft are part of the first wave of U.S. military aircraft that will arrive in country to support the relief effort.

04 May 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • A U.S. delegation, led by USAID Acting Administrator Alfonso E. Lenhardt, visits Nepal to meet with GoN officials and USAID partners, participate in an aerial survey of affected districts, and observe the distribution of emergency relief supplies.

  • Joint USAID Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) and U.S. military aerial assessments of affected areas rendered inaccessible by landslides and debris began on May 4.

04 May 2015 description

Kathmandu, Nepal | AFP | Monday 5/4/2015 - 03:57 GMT

by Annie BANERJI

US transport aircraft were to begin shuttling rescue teams and supplies Monday to remote areas of Nepal that are desperately awaiting aid, nine days after a devastating earthquake that killed more than 7,300 people.

The arrival late Sunday in Kathmandu of the United States Air Force C-17 aircraft and four tilt-rotor Ospreys gave another much-needed shot in the arm to the aid effort after a 101-year-old man was pulled alive from his ruined home.

04 May 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Aircraft from the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) have arrived in the Nepali capital of Kathmandu to help transport emergency relief supplies and humanitarian personnel to remote villages, particularly those made inaccessible by landslides or debris since the April 25 earthquake.

  • USAID/OFDA1 is providing $500,000 to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) to support humanitarian coordination and information management efforts for the Nepal earthquake response.

02 May 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The Agency for Technical Cooperation and Development (ACTED) distributes plastic sheeting provided by USAID/OFDA1 to earthquake-affected households in Kathmandu District’s Sankhu village and surrounding areas.

  • The USAID Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) and the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Joint Humanitarian Assessment Survey Team (JHAST) are working with Nepalese authorities and relief organizations in Nepal to determine needs for logistical support.

01 May 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • In coordination with Nepalese authorities, the USAID Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) conducts a live rescue in Kathmandu.

  • Heavy-duty plastic sheeting from USAID/OFDA1 arrives in Nepal to support the critical shelter needs of earthquake-affected communities.

  • Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos travels to Nepal to assess the humanitarian situation and ongoing rescue and relief efforts.

30 Apr 2015 description

By Airman 1st Class Zackary A. Henry, 18th Wing Public Affairs | April 29, 2015

KADENA AIR BASE, Japan -- U.S. Pacific Command deployed a Joint Humanitarian Assistance Survey Team to Nepal from Kadena Air Base early April 29 in an effort to assist earthquake relief efforts.

Kadena’s Airmen worked through the night to load the team’s 20-plus members and gear into a United States Marine Corps C-130 for the departure.

30 Apr 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • USAID/OFDA heavy-duty plastic sheeting to Nepal, which will address the critical shelter needs of up to 35,000 earthquake-affected people.

  • The UN launched a $415 million flash funding appeal for humanitarian response efforts in Nepal, including food, health, and shelter assistance, as well as water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) support.

  • Rescue and relief operations are underway in nine of the 11 most severely affected districts, the UN reports.

28 Apr 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The nearly 130-member USAID Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) arrived in Nepal’s capital city of Kathmandu on April 28 to support emergency response efforts in cooperation with the Government of Nepal (GoN).

  • USAID/OFDA1 is contributing $10 million in humanitarian assistance for earthquake response operations.

27 Apr 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Relief efforts in response to the magnitude 7.8 earthquake that struck central Nepal on April 25 are underway in Nepal and other affected countries.

  • The USAID Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART)–comprising nearly 130 humanitarian and urban search-and-rescue (USAR) personnel—are en route to Nepal.

  • USAID/OFDA1 announced an additional $9 million to support emergency relief operations in Nepal, bringing total USAID funding to $10 million as of April 27

27 Apr 2015 description

New York, United States | AFP | Monday 4/27/2015 - 19:24 GMT

The United States said Monday it is sending $10 million in relief to help the victims of the massive earthquake in Nepal, where the death toll surpassed 4,000, including at least four Americans.

The Pentagon also ordered about 24 US Army Green Beret commandos who were already in Nepal on training missions to join in rescue efforts, officials said.

26 Apr 2015 description

WASHINGTON, April 26, 2015 – The United States has sent an Air Force aircraft to Nepal to deliver personnel and cargo in support of disaster-relief operations, according to Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Steve Warren.

A 7.9-magnitude earthquake hit the country yesterday, reportedly leaving almost 2,500 dead, about 6,000 injured and thousands more still missing. In addition, thousands of people are currently reported to be without food, water or shelter.

26 Apr 2015 description

Key Findings

Anticipated scope and scale

  • Given the shallow depth of the earthquake, aftershocks are expected to continue for some time. Aftershocks are expected to cause further damage and debilitate already weak infrastructure.

  • The number of casualties is expected to increase into the thousands.

  • Kathmandu Valley (population: 2.5 million) is a densely populated area; many people live in buildings that cannot withstand a significant seismic event. 6.6 million people live within the affected areas.

26 Apr 2015 description

Hong Kong, China | AFP | Sunday 4/26/2015 - 04:27 GMT

by Jennifer O'MAHONY

Aid groups and governments worldwide intensified efforts Sunday to help earthquake-hit Nepal, but blocked roads, downed power lines and overcrowded hospitals posed formidable challenges in an already poor country.

As the death toll in the Himalayan nation surpassed 2,500, the US together with European and Asian nations sent emergency crews to reinforce those scrambling to find survivors in the devastated capital Kathmandu and in cut-off rural areas.

26 Apr 2015 description

Hong Kong, China | AFP | Sunday 4/26/2015 - 06:17 GMT

by Jennifer O'MAHONY

International aid groups and governments intensified efforts to get rescuers and supplies into earthquake-hit Nepal on Sunday, but severed communications and landslides in the Himalayan nation posed formidable challenges to the relief effort.

26 Apr 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • A magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck central Nepal at midday local time on April 25, causing fatalities, injuries, and significant structural damage.

  • The Government of Nepal (GoN) has declared a state of emergency and requested international assistance.

  • USAID/OFDA1 has activated a Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) and is providing an initial $1 million to address critical humanitarian needs.

25 Apr 2015 description

I join the people of the United States in expressing our deepest condolences to all of those affected by today's earthquake in Nepal, including the families of those who died in Nepal, India, and Bangladesh.