OVERVIEW OF THE CRISIS
On 4 May 2015 WHO briefed representatives of 22 development partners and foreign missions on the immediate, short and long-term health needs of people affected by the earthquake in Nepal. WHO Officials also briefed about the support it is providing to the Ministry of Health and Population in rolling out emergency operations to minimise death and disease.
More than 1000 doctors, nurses and paramedics deployed to provide medical care in support of existing health system.
Critical shortage of supplies reported by hospitals across the country. Approximately 14 000 injured as a result of the quake. Injuries include broken bones, head injuries and spinal cord injuries
No communicable disease outbreaks have been reported.
Health care services are expanding into outlying and remote districts.
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.
BLUF – Implications to PACOM
53 International Search and Rescue Teams have begun to demobilize and develop exit plans. (UNRC)
USARPAC has deployed a 20 man civil affairs team to Okinawa for follow on movement to Nepal in support of JTF forward. (USPACOM)
Two humanitarian hubs have been established in Gorkha district Headquarters and Chautura in Sindhupalchowk district. (UNOCHA)
1. Situation Update
According to the latest figures from the Nepalese Government, 7365 people have been killed and 14 355 have been injured (National Emergency Operation Center: 15:00 local time).
Bhaktapur, Dhading, Dolakha, Gorkha, Kathmandu, Kavre, Lalitpur, Makwanpur, Nuwakot, Okhaldhunga, Ramechhap, Rasuwa, Sindhuli and Sindhupalchok remain priority districts for health assistance.
Two cargo planes with 80 metric tons of humanitarian supplies to Nepal through the EU-UNICEF partnership
BRUSSELS/KATHMANDU, Nepal, 4 May 2015 – A cargo plane carrying 40 metric tons of life-saving supplies just landed in Kathmandu to provide assistance to some of the 1.7 million children affected by the April 25 earthquake.
KATHMANDU, Nepal, 4 May 2015 – More than half a million children are being targeted in an emergency vaccination drive in Nepal – as fears grow of measles outbreaks in the informal camps that have sprung up since the earthquake on 25 April.
The campaign was launched by the Nepalese Ministry of Health and Population, with support from UNICEF and the World Health Organisation.
Lack of shelter and sanitation are huge risk factors for disease - as the number of people who have fled their homes continues to grow, with many people now living next to their damaged houses.
30.04.2015 – After the devastating earthquake on 25 April, more and more relief supplies and experts are arriving in Nepal. Deploying these resources swiftly and in a coordinated manner is now crucial.
On 3 May, 53 international search and rescue teams began to demobilize and develop exit plans.
Humanitarian hubs in Gorkha District Headquarters and Chautara in Sindhupalchowk are operational to coordinate district level response.
A network of five additional logistics hubs are being established in Gorkha, Kavre, Chitwan, Sindhupalchowk and Parsa districts.
Since 29 April, some 52,000 tarpaulins have been distributed in 29 districts and an additional 234,160 tarpaulins are en route to Nepal.
Malteser International is distributing basic food supplies with a local partner to 1,600 especially needy families – around 10,000 people – living in the districts of Kavre and Sunduplanchok, around 30 miles outside of Kathmandu. Each family is receiving about 45 lbs. of rice and 10 lbs of lentils to feed their family. Additionally, they are being given a family hygiene set containing towels, soap, toothpaste and toothbrushes.
In Nepal, it is a race against the clock to secure food, water and shelter for the victims of the recent earthquake before the monsoon sets in. The Poul Due Jensen Foundation has granted 1M DKK to help secure safe water in the most affected areas.
While the full impact of the earthquake is still being determined, it has resulted in large-scale displacement of the affected people. Scores of families live in makeshift tents in open spaces or in friends and neighbours' gardens. Today's donation aims to help 10.000 victims with safe water and sanitation.
The International Organization for Migration (IOM), as the Global Cluster Lead for Camp Coordination and Camp Management (CCCM) in emergencies induced by natural disasters, uses the Displacement Tracking Matrix as the main tool for tracking and monitoring sites and camps hosting internally displaced populations. DTM regularly captures, processes, and disseminates various layers of information to provide a better understanding of the evolving needs of the displaced population, their locations and movements.
ANKARA, May 4 (KUNA) Medical teams from the Istanbul based International Doctors Association (IDA) have rushed to Nepal to offer healthcare services to survivors of the devastating quake which rocked the impoverished Asian country recently.
AID member Dr. Nedim Uzun told the official Anadolu news agency that the Turkish teams have examined over 500,000 earthquake survivors in the city of Bhaktapur, one of the hardhit areas in Nepal. Over 200 people were killed and more than 2,000 were wounded in Bhaktapur following the earthquake, he said.
In the hours following the Nepal earthquake, Bharat Man Shrestha had little time to focus on his own fears. His parents in the village of Chautara, three hours from Kathmandu, were on the phone begging him to come home.
Most of the houses in the village, including his parent’s home, had collapsed. One of his aunts was dead.
But even as his parents kept pleading, Shrestha had no way to get back to his hometown. Public transportation was sporadic and he could not find anyone who would take him home.
The chaos across Nepal continues as aid agencies work to support the millions affected by the earthquake. With 2.2 million people displaced from their homes after the disaster, the threat of a cholera outbreak is imminent. GlobalMedic team members have been working in spontaneously formed camps to provide access to safe, clean water - the most important step to prevent disease outbreak and keep families safe.
By Amina Nazarli
After a magnitude 7.8 earthquake hit one of the poorest nations on Earth, Nepal, on April 25 the country’s many survivors find themselves in desperate need of food and water.
The devastating earthquake and its aftershock on April 26 killed more than 5,000 people in the country’s Kathmandu Valley. More than eight million people have been affected by the quake, the UN said. About 10,000 people have been injured.
Now, aid has begun to reach those regions near the epicenter as many countries around the world have mobilized.
Volunteers and staff of Nepal Red Cross Society (NRCS) continue to work round the clock in an emergency response and support to people of affected area immediately after the 7.8 magnitude disastrous earthquake on 25 April, 2015. Red Cross workers are engaged in the field for assisting in search and rescue efforts, providing first aid to the injured, transporting the wounded to hospitals and temporary shelters. Additionally, Sanitation and health activities, restoring family links are other important immediate support. NRCS is also preparing support plan for next six months.
Access to the most marginalised and remote areas is difficult therefore many communities in those areas have little to no access to relief items. Communities shared concerns that poorer communities are not receiving items like rice and people of higher statues are receiving aid.
Exclusion from basic support should be further observed where historically marginalised groups such as the Dalit often are excluded from support. There is a need to further explore ways to access this group formerly known as “untouchables”.