By John Budnik
USACE - Alaska District Public Affairs
JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) recently completed two humanitarian assistance construction projects that are now providing critical support services to the population of Kathmandu, Nepal, in the wake of the deadly earthquakes that struck in April and May.
The April 25 earthquake and aftershocks have increased the risk of monsoon-related landslides
USAID/OFDA expands support to include radio broadcasts, debris removal, and mental health services
On June 25, 2015, Secretary Kerry announced a pledge that increases the total amount of U.S. emergency relief and early recovery assistance to Nepal to $130 million. Building upon our support to date to Nepal after the April 25, 2015 earthquake, this announcement is only the beginning of our contribution and we, with the support of our Congress, will continue to work with Nepal to support its long-term earthquake recovery needs across multiple years.
Examples of our efforts include:
USAID’s Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) transitions to a field office.
Relief agencies continue monsoon season preparations in earthquake-affected areas as heavy rains begin in eastern Nepal.
USAID/OFDA commits additional funding to assist earthquake-affected populations in Dolakha and Sindhupalchowk districts.
The UN issues a revised flash appeal for Nepal, requesting $422 million to assist 2.8 million people through September 2015.
USAID/OFDA commits $300,000 to Handicap International (HI) to support physical rehabilitation services for 1,500 injured persons.
What GAO Found
As of September 30, 2014, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) had allocated $1.7 billion to the Haiti reconstruction effort, directing more than half of this funding to the health and food security sectors. USAID had obligated two-thirds and disbursed more than half of all allocated funding.
By Embassy of the U.S., Nepal | June 02, 2015
The U.S. Embassy’s Office of Defense Cooperation (ODC) delivered $1.4 million of disaster response communications equipment to the Nepalese Army on May 27, 2015. The equipment included 120 tactical radio sets for the Disaster Management Directorate of the Nepalese Army.
Advice for disaster risk reduction specialists and protected area managers on how best to use protected area systems as effective buffers, to prevent natural hazards from developing into unnatural disasters
Nigel Dudley, Camille Buyck, Naoya Furuta, Claire Pedrot, Fabrice Renaud and Karen Sudmeier-Rieux
Countries in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) experience a range of natural hazards, including earthquakes, hurricanes, floods, tsunamis, landslides, volcanoes, forest fires, and droughts. El Niño and La Niña, extreme phases of natural climate cycles, periodically exacerbate the impacts of hydrometeorological events in the LAC region.
Environmental degradation and poor land-use management also increase populations’ vulnerability to natural hazards.
Meteorologists forecast that monsoon rains will begin in Nepal in early June.
With USAID/FFP support, the UN World Food Program (WFP) reaches more than 1.8 million earthquake-affected people with food assistance.
USAID/OFDA commits $500,000 to the UN World Health Organization (WHO) to support health interventions.
Relief agencies report 2.8 million Nepalis in need of humanitarian assistance.
Delivering relief supplies in advance of monsoon season remains an earthquake response priority.
USAID/OFDA provides an additional $4 million to support earthquake response efforts.
USAID/FFP provides 1,640 metric tons (MT) of emergency food assistance to the UN World Food Program (WFP).
Debris and other obstacles hinder humanitarian access and assistance in some affected districts.
Relief actors initiate district-level contingency planning in preparation for the monsoon season.
USAID/OFDA announces an additional $9 million in humanitarian assistance for the Nepal earthquake response.
U.S. military concludes earthquake relief operations in Nepal.
An additional 1,840 rolls of USAID/OFDA plastic sheeting arrive in Nepal’s capital city of Kathmandu
UNITED STATES AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Office of Press Relations
For Immediate Release
May 19, 2015
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced an additional $9 million in assistance dedicated to earthquake response and recovery efforts. The announcement brings the total amount of U.S. humanitarian assistance for the disaster to nearly $47 million, including: $32.5 million in funding from USAID and $14.3 million from the U.S. Department of Defense.
Urban search-and-rescue (USAR) specialists on the USAID Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) complete operations and depart Nepal.
Three shipments containing 1,840 rolls of USAID/OFDA-procured plastic sheeting arrive in Nepal’s capital city of Kathmandu.
The GoN reports additional damaged and destroyed houses due to the April 25 earthquake and May 12 aftershock.
USAID/OFDA airlifts 1,820 additional rolls of plastic sheeting into Nepal.
Relief agencies continue to assess earthquake-affected areas and evaluate response priorities and strategies.
By Army Sgt. 1st Class Tyrone C. Marshall Jr. | DoD News, Defense Media Activity | May 13, 2015
WASHINGTON -- Despite the magnitude-7.3 earthquake aftershock today, the Defense Department continues to provide humanitarian assistance and disaster response to the people of Nepal, Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Steve Warren told Pentagon reporters.
“Today, a magnitude-7.3 earthquake struck the Dolahka district in the central region of Nepal, approximately 50 miles northeast of Kathmandu,” he said.
Search-and-rescue operations resume following the magnitude 7.3 aftershock that struck Nepal’s Dolakha District on May 12.
USAID Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) urban search-and-rescue (USAR) personnel rescue a 41-year-old woman in Dolakha’s Singati village.
Preliminary reports from the GoN indicate that the May 12 aftershock affected 32 of Nepal’s 75 districts and resulted in at least 65 deaths and more than 1,900 injuries.
In coordination with the GoN, national and international relief actors continue response and early recovery efforts in Nepal.
International donors have contributed more than $139.3 million—including $42.3 million toward the $423 million flash appeal for Nepal—for humanitarian activities in response to the April 25 earthquake.
After more than 10 days, relief actors have now reached all 39 affected districts in Nepal and are beginning to refine priority humanitarian needs, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).
Relief actors caution that a more robust response is urgently needed to mitigate the impact of the upcoming monsoon rains on earthquake-affected communities.
To date, the U.S. Government (USG) has provided more than $29 million in humanitarian assistance for Nepal.