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22 May 2015 description


  • 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.

USG Humanitarian Assistance for the Nepal Earthquake (Last updated 05/22/2015)

20 May 2015 description


  • 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

19 May 2015 description

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.

19 May 2015 description


  • 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.

16 May 2015 description


  • 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.

USG Humanitarian Assistance for the Nepal Earthquake (Last updated 05/15/2015)

14 May 2015 description

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.

14 May 2015 description


  • 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.

12 May 2015 description


  • 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.

09 May 2015 description


  • 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.

07 May 2015 description

By Marine Corps Forces Pacific News Release

KATHMANDU, Nepal -- Joint Task Force 505 has been activated to support the government of Nepal by conducting humanitarian disaster relief operations to limit further loss of life and suffering in response to the devastating earthquake that struck central Nepal on April 25.

Navy Adm. Samuel J. Locklear III, commander of U.S. Pacific Command, has designated Marine Corps Lt. Gen. John Wissler, commanding general of the 3rd Marine Expeditionary Force, as the joint task force’s commander, effective today.

07 May 2015 description


  • USAID contributes an additional $11 million for earthquake response efforts in Nepal, bringing total U.S. Government (USG) humanitarian assistance to nearly $28 million.

  • Additional U.S. military aircraft arrived in Nepal on May 6 to support GoN and international relief efforts. 

  • Although life in Nepal’s capital city of Kathmandu is beginning to normalize, relief actors report that the humanitarian situation in remote and hard-to-reach areas remains concerning.

06 May 2015 description

KATHMANDU – The U.N. World Food Programme (WFP) is to receive 3 million urgently-needed nutrition bars in Nepal in the coming days to help support those people left without food in the aftermath of the recent earthquake.

The food bars, nutritionally-fortified cereal bars called “high-energy biscuits,” or HEBs, will arrive by air from Dhaka, Bangladesh. They are being provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

05 May 2015 description

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, May 5, 2015
USAID Press Office
Telephone: +1.202.712.4320 | Email: USAIDPressOfficers@usaid.gov | Twitter: @USAIDPress

05 May 2015 description

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


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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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.