Ottawa, Canada | AFP | Monday 4/27/2015 - 18:46 GMT
Canada on Monday sent a C-17 military transport plane loaded with emergency supplies to Nepal and ordered 150 troops on standby to travel overseas to help earthquake victims.
"We join the rest of the world in mourning the tragic loss of life that has occurred in Nepal and throughout the region as a result of Saturday's earthquake," Defense Minister Rob Nicholson said.
· Humanitarian operations in Yemen will come to a halt within two weeks, and hospitals in Sana’a and Aden will close down, unless additional fuel is imported. Fuel shortages have also affected water supply in many places.
· Markets in the 19 conflict-affected governorates are incapable of providing all necessary food supplies, according to WFP. Where available, retail prices of wheat grain and wheat flour rose by 42 percent and 44 percent, respectively, in April compared with February.
The number of attacks limiting humanitarian access increases from 76 to 112 between February and March in CAR
The UN recently secures the release of more than 20 people held by an armed group in western CAR
USAID/OFDA partner the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) reaches 42,000 people with emergency relief commodities between January and mid-April
The total number of confirmed cases of Ebola rose to 3,136 this week, according to WHO Epidemiological Situation Report. The total number of confirmed, suspected and probable cases climbed to 3,565.
The number of confirmed deaths from Ebola rose to 1,943, with a total of 2,358 confirmed, suspected and probable deaths.
After several weeks of declining case incidence, confirmed cases of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) increased in Sierra Leone this week, with 13 cases recorded in the week to 21 April 2015.
On 14 April 2015, schools reopened across the country, with 1.8 million children resuming education after almost nine months. UNICEF and partners are conducting SMS-based monitoring of schools to verify that all schools have necessary safety measures and supplies in place, including thermometers, hand washing kits, and cleaning supplies.
Up to 3,600 people have been killed and more than 6,500 injured in Nepal, according to figures released by the United Nations . Several regions have been cut off and the number of victims continues to rise. Handicap International expects to see significant numbers of spinal cord injuries and multiple fractures among the injured people arriving at hospitals. It is paramount that the wounded are taken care of immediately to reduce the risk of long-term disabilities.
By Sakun Gajurel
WFP has started emergency operations with staff from around the world by providing common services for the entire humanitarian community - from storage facilities to supporting the transportation of not only food but other crucial relief items.
Nepal Earthquake Leaves Behind Devastation
● Protection cluster partners are receiving reports of people being harmed in incidents related to landmines and unexploded ordnances (UXOs). Cluster partners are gathering data on the number of casualties.
● Conflict-affected people have difficulty accessing health care services and markets due to burdensome bureaucratic travel requirements.
Anticipated scope and scale
Given the shallow depth of the earthquake, aftershocks are expected to continue for some time and are expected to cause further damage.
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.
Limited access to affected areas is expected to hamper search and rescue efforts. Clearing the debris is expected to take weeks.
NAIROBI, 27 April 2015 (IRIN) - Addressing a major international conference on disaster risk reduction in Japan last month, Nepalese Foreign Minister Mahendra Bahadur Pandly warned that a major earthquake in the Kathmandu valley could lead to human losses “similar to those in Haiti in 2010.”
While the fatality figures from Saturday’s earthquake will hopefully reach nowhere near the 100,000 to 160,000 who died in Haiti, earthquakes in Nepal are especially likely to cause high levels of destruction and human casualties. Here’s why:
Geology and geography
Daily Key messages
Humanitarian partners only have fuel left for two more weeks of life-saving operations. Hospitals too will shut down in one week unless additional fuel becomes available. Fuel shortages in country and restrictions on imports mean that additional fuel is difficult to come by and can cost as much as US$10 per litre.
As of 27 April, the Government reports 3,351 deaths and 6,833 injured people.
8 million people in 39 districts have been affected, of which over 2 million people live in the 11 severely affected districts.
Priority needs include food, water, shelter and medication. Over 1.4 million people are in need of food assistance.
A Humanitarian Staging Area (HSA) in Kathmandu International Airport has been set-up to mitigate congestion at Kathmandu Airport.
3,351 Dead (as of 27 April 2015)
BLUF – Implications to PACOM
No DOD assistance requested thus far (USAID)
The Government of Nepal (GON) has requested international assistance and has declared a state of emergency in affected areas
GON needs remain:
o Search and Rescue (SAR) capacity (particularly Kathmandu Valley)
o Helicopters for access and transport o Medical teams
o Supplies and tenting for hospitals, and body bags
o Heavy equipment for rubble clearing (UNRC)
Logistics and communications
Coordination: The Government of Nepal has activated the Logistics Cluster, which WFP is co-leading. Immediate priorities will be supporting search and rescue teams; transporting lifesaving medical equipment, items and personnel; and transporting emergency food, shelter and other non-food items.
LONDON, 27 April 2015 (IRIN) - International aid is beginning to flow into earthquake-hit Nepal, but much more is needed as the scale of the disaster becomes clear and the list of challenges grows. Close to seven million people have been affected by the 7.8-magnitude quake that struck on Saturday. “Three million of them are children, all affected within the space of one day,” said Jean-Jacques Simon, chief of regional communications for the UN Children’s Fund, UNICEF.
The aim of this product is to improve the performance of humanitarian actors in the response of the Nepal earthquake, assist agencies working in the response and encourage positive action by decision makers. The lessons learned below have been a product of the analysis of main findings and lessons from evaluations of past earthquakes, with similar characteristics and features of Nepal. ALNAP is currently producing a more in-depth lessons learned paper, to be published next week.
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Following the devastating earthquake that hit Nepal, TSF deployed a team from its International Headquarters and from its Regional Office for Asia and Pacific (ROAP) on Sunday 26th of April. Other teams from Regional Office for the Americas and the Caribbean (ROAC), Washington and Vanuatu remain on standby.
The aim of this deployment is to quickly offer voice calls to affected populations, to provide relief organisations and coordination centres with reliable satellite connections and to assess the telecom infrastructure of the affected area.
WFP is gearing up to mount a significant response to the Government of Nepal’s official request for international humanitarian assistance for the earthquake. Specialized WFP emergency teams have arrived and are being mobilized to support the overall response together with the Government, building on extensive pre-established emergency preparedness measures for Nepal. High Energy Biscuits are also being flown into Kathmandu from the UN Humanitarian Response Depot as part of WFP’s initial response.