On Saturday April 25th, a magnitude 7.9 earthquake struck the Lamjung District of Nepal, and over 21 aftershocks have also struck the region. The following are highlights from the Humanity Road Social Media Situation report. Appreciation to Translators without Borders for providing assistance with translation of local language for selected material contained in this report.
Relief efforts in response to the magnitude 7.8 earthquake that struck central Nepal on April 25 are underway in Nepal and other affected countries.
The USAID Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART)–comprising nearly 130 humanitarian and urban search-and-rescue (USAR) personnel—are en route to Nepal.
USAID/OFDA1 announced an additional $9 million to support emergency relief operations in Nepal, bringing total USAID funding to $10 million as of April 27
BLUF – Implications to PACOM
USTRANSCOM is moving AID Teams
No PACOM assistance requested thus far (USAID)
UN advises that USAR teams that have not yet arrived in Kathmandu are advised to stand down. All Foreign Medical Teams (FMTs) that have not yet arrived to Kathmandu are advised to stand by. (VOSOCC)
GON needs (UN): o Medication, medical tents, surgical kits and body bags o Food, water, shelter o Shelter support for identified open spaces (UNRC)
Support will help those most affected by the conflict, by providing medical supplies, water, food and emergency shelter.
The UK Government will allocate £4 million to help meet emergency needs as a result of the current crisis in Yemen. This forms part of the UK’s commitment to provide £72 million to Yemen in 2015-16, including £11 million for humanitarian assistance.
This announcement brings the UK’s overall commitment to the UN 2015 Humanitarian Appeal for Yemen to £15 million.
RAF flight to take more personnel and humanitarian aid in response to the earthquake.
A Royal Air Force C-17 flight will carry vital UK aid stocks to Nepal, including more than 1,100 shelter kits and over 1,700 solar lanterns, along with a team of Gurkha engineers, International Development Secretary, Justine Greening announced today.
PATHEIN, Irrawaddy Division — At least three townships in Irrawaddy Division have been hit this month by an outbreak of diarrhea that is being blamed on contaminated drinking water.
Residents of Pathein, Kangyidaunt and Ngapudaw townships have been affected. Pathein has reportedly borne the brunt of the outbreak, with at least four urban wards and four village-tracts hard hit.
· 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.
In the first round of relief distribution to Sierra Leone in the wake of the Ebola epidemic, which as in 2015 subsided, though 0 cases has still yet to be achieved, the Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation, in collabora-tion with two other humanitarian organizations, the Healey International Relief Foundation (HIRF) and Caritas Freetown, set out to help provide relief goods and food supplies, distributing a total of 1,512 Tzu Chi multi-purpose portable beds, 3000 bowls with covers and spoons, and 15,740 kilograms of Tzu Chi’s “Jing-Si” rice and 2720 of Tzu Chi’s eco-blankets, all of items which, …
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.
● 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.
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Teams from international medical organisation Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) have started to arrive in Nepal and are currently assessing the most urgent medical needs. Further teams are expected to arrive in Nepal later today and over the coming days.
One 17-member team is in Kathmandu. They have carried out an initial assessment of the damage by helicopter.
Another team is expected in Kathmandu today after flying in from New Delhi. They were initially rerouted back to India after aftershocks prevented their plane from landing.
Christian Aid supporters are responding quickly and generously to the plight of victims of the Nepal earthquake following the launch of an appeal on Saturday evening.
By midday Monday, online and telephone donations had amounted to £145,000 with the amount growing steadily by the hour.
Christian Aid’s immediate to concern is to ensure communities have shelter and fresh water. The price of water in Kathmandu has trebled in the last two days.
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
UNITED NATIONS, New York – The toll of deaths and injuries continues to mount days after a devastating 7.8-magnitude earthquake jolted Nepal on 25 April. Millions are thought to be affected across more than 30 of Nepal’s 75 districts, according to reports by UN agencies. UNFPA’s initial estimates indicate some 50,000 pregnant women and girls could be among the survivors.