Snapshot 11 August – 25 August 2015
Haiti: Insecurity has increased since legislative elections. Violence and intimidation were reported at many polling stations and a second round of voting is planned, following low voter turnout. Food security has deteriorated as a result of prolonged drought conditions since the beginning of 2015: poor households in Sud, Sud-Est, Nord-Est and Artibonite will remain in Crisis (IPC Phase 3) food security outcomes through December. Recent cholera rates are triple those of the comparable time period in 2014.
94 unsafe buildings have been demolished by IOM and a total of 19,740 cubic metres of rubble has been cleared. Since May, 310 people from the local community, including 138 women, have participated in cash-for-work debris management activities.
In Chautara, in support of the district hospital, IOM started preparations for a step down care facility to allow severely injured and disabled patients currently in Kathmandu to access rehabilitation facilities in their own district upon their return.
Kathmandu, 24 August 2015 – ARCADIS, UN-Habitat – the United Nations Human Settlements Programme, and KU Leuven are partnering to develop an urban recovery and development program for immediate action in Kathmandu Valley, Nepal.
In response to the earthquake of 25 April, the initiative aims to assist in the redevelopment of one of the hardest-hit historical areas of the Kathmandu Valley.
ARCADIS’ assistance is part of Shelter, a UN-Habitat-ARCADIS partnership aimed at improving the quality of life in rapidly growing cities around the world.
· UNHAS Funding Shortfalls: UNHAS air support is expected to stop at the end of August if there are no further indications of funding. With the support of the UN Resident Coordinator, UNHAS is working against the clock with donors and logistics cluster partners to explore alternative funding options. A suspension of UNHAS services would affect 146,000 people in isolated areas in the north, including those severely impacted by the earthquakes and monsoon.
This thematic report provides an overview of lessons learned while conducting humanitarian needs assessments following the 25 April and 12 May 2015 earthquakes in Nepal. This document aims to highlight some key issues faced by humanitarian agencies in the assessment process, to inform future assessments and strategies.
Four months since the 25 April earthquake, affected communities continue to face multiple hazard risks and remain in need of aid. Heavy rains brought by the monsoon over the past month continued to trigger landslides and floods across the country. While in general the humanitarian situation has improved, hundreds of thousands of people still need shelter, food, access to water and sanitation, medical care, education and protection. During the monsoon season, there has been an increase in water borne disease cases.
Nepal earthquake survivor Damodar Subedi is getting back on his feet after receiving food, blankets, kitchen utensils, shelter materials and a hygiene kit from Tearfund.
The April disaster brought Damodar’s working life crashing down. The quake, which killed more than 8,000 people, destroyed or damaged many schools which he relied upon as customers for his small catering business. Their closure meant his income evaporated overnight.
8,881 deaths 602,254 houses fully damaged 288,255 houses partially damaged (NEOC/MoHA 29/07/2015)
As of 18 August, 31 cases of Cholera have been confirmed in some parts in the Western Kathmandu. No deaths reported so far. UNICEF, together with the Government and the Health sector have responded to this situation with the mobilisation and training of Female Community Health Volunteers (FCHVs), water quality testing and hygiene promotion in the affected areas and nearby camp sites.
ECHO will be funding ICCO Cooperation, as one of the members under the ACT Alliance Nepal Forum, for implementing the “Early Recovery Support to Earthquake Affected Communities in Nepal” project. ICCO will focus on “Shelter” and “WASH” based interventions for nine months in Makwanpur district.
With the operation moving into recovery phase, this report aims to inform minor revision in the budget to accommodate reallocation between budget lines. The total Appeal budget remains unchanged.
The key changes are:
Reduce budget for Construction – Housing (▼27%) and Teaching Materials (▼23%)
Increase budget for Logistics, Transport and Storage (▲50%), Cash Disbursements (▲27%) and Consultants & Professional Fees (▲22%)
33,245 households in the district 80% houses fully or partially damaged 19,510 houses fully damaged 15,682 houses partially damaged 612 people at two sites hosting >20 households
280,874 total population 87% houses fully or partially damaged 50,284 houses fully damaged 305 houses partially damaged 2,037 people in nine sites hosting >20 HH
Dolakha was the epicentre of the 12 May earthquake. While the 25 April earthquake caused widespread damage to the area, the second earthquake led to more severe damages and casualties in Dolakha and other eastern districts.
Shoddy construction practices, the use of sub-standard material, and non-compliance with the existing Building Code have been cited as major reasons for the great number of lives lost in the April 25 earthquake.
Nepal’s private sector construction companies have pledged to play a more proactive role in ensuring strict compliance with the country’s new National Building Code, recently endorsed by the Government of Nepal.
UMCOR continues to work with several partners to meet the needs of Nepal earthquake survivors
By David Tereshchuk*
Nearly four months have now passed since Nepal’s devastating earthquake, and UMCOR, the United Methodist Committee on Relief, continues to both fund and support a broad range of partner agencies who are working for the country’s recovery.
“We have a lot of partners, and a lot of different partners doing different things,” said Francesco Paganini, executive for International Disaster Response at UMCOR.
(Kathmandu/Bangkok, 19 August 2015) Marking the World Humanitarian Day, aid community in Nepal saluted contributions made by good-‐willed individuals and communities themselves to saving lives and alleviating the suffering in the aftermath of the back-‐to-‐back earthquakes.
The response launched by the Government of Nepal in the immediate aftermath of the disasters has seen significant support from the international and humanitarian communities, and private sector alike.
Scores of volunteers remained on the forefront of the response ever since as well.
(MissionNewswire) Salesian missionaries are building temporary schools and addressing long-term training needs as part of their reconstruction and relief efforts in response to the devastating 7.8 earthquake that struck Nepal on April 25 and the second earthquake that struck on May 12. More than 8,000 have died and close to 20,000 were injured as a result of the earthquakes and their aftermath. Forty of Nepal’s 75 districts have been affected, 16 of them severely, with homes, schools, buildings, cattle, fields ready for harvest and other property destroyed.
Snapshot 12 August –18 August 2015
Yemen: The humanitarian situation in Yemen continues to deteriorate. 1.4 million people have become displaced since conflict escalated in March – a 12% increase since early July. Fuel shortages and access issues continue to affect provision of health services. 23% of Yemen’s health facilities are either partially funtional or non-functional.