Bangkok/Kathmandu, April 25, 2015 - The UNFPA Asia-Pacific Regional Office is working with our Nepal Country Office and colleagues across the United Nations Population Fund to assist the Government of Nepal and a range of partners in the aftermath of today’s devastating 7.9 magnitude earthquake which has claimed hundreds of lives, displaced thousands of people and caused massive structural damage in the capital Kathmandu and elsewhere.
By Richard Nyamanhindi
“I cannot walk properly,” says 84 year old Mbuya Matajwa Mwanza a beneficiary of the Harmonised Social Cash Transfer programme at Marahwa Business Centre in Mashonaland West in Zimbabwe.
“It is completely bent on its side at a very awkward angle. A few years ago, I fell and broke my leg. I could not pay for the doctor. Since then my foot has been paralyzed.”
Kabul, 26 APRIL 2015 – World Immunization Week was launched today in Afghanistan at an event attended by the Minister of Public Health and key national and international partners supporting immunization activities in the country. Immunization Week seeks to raise people’s awareness on the importance of vaccination and ensure people take action to receive all required life-saving vaccines.
UNRWA continued humanitarian operations in Yalda today, including provision of essential health services, bread and clean water to civilians displaced from Yarmouk and host communities. Humanitarian activities continue in Tadamoun, to the north-east.
KATHMANDU, Nepal/NEW YORK, 26 April 2015 – At least 940,000 children living in areas severely affected by yesterday's earthquake in Nepal are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance, says UNICEF. The 7.9 magnitude earthquake on 25 April, and nearly 60 aftershocks, caused vast devastation across much of the country, including more than 2,000 deaths and widespread destruction of buildings.
A cheque of more than $150,000 was handed over today to the Government of Vanuatu by the Fijian Government to specifically assist the students of Vanuatu whose lives and studies were affected by Tropical Cyclone PAM.
World Immunization Week was launched today in Afghanistan at an event attended by the Minister of Public Health and key national and international partners supporting immunization activities in the country. Immunization Week seeks to raise people’s awareness on the importance of vaccination and ensure people take action to receive all required life-saving vaccines.
This Emergency Appeal seeks a total of CHF 33,481,398 on a preliminary basis to enable the IFRC to support the Nepal Red Cross Society (NRC) to deliver assistance and support to a total of 75,000 people (15,000 households) over a total timeframe of 18 months, with a focus on emergency health and care, emergency shelter and settlements (including basic household items), livelihoods, restoring family links (RFL), safe and dignified burials, National Society institutional preparedness and capacity development, community preparedness and risk reduction.
The Government reports over 2,200 deaths and over 5,800 injured people (Source: NEOC - http://neoc.gov.np/en/). This is expected to increase.
Most affected districts are Dhading, Gorkha, Rasuwa, Sindhupalchowk, Kavre, Nuwakot, Dolakha, Kathmandu, Lalitpur, Bhaktapur, and Ramechhap.
The Government of Nepal has officially requested international assistance.
Kathmandu, Nepal (April 26, 2015) --- The death toll after Saturday’s earthquake continues to rise overnight in Nepal.
The count is now at least 2,200 people dead and around 4,600 more have been injured. Save the Children is concerned that the death toll is likely to continue rising, as the day progresses and information from some of the affected districts become available.
Anticipated scope and scale
Given the shallow depth of the earthquake, aftershocks are expected to continue for some time. Aftershocks are expected to cause further damage and debilitate already weak infrastructure.
The number of casualties is expected to increase into the thousands.
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.
Sanaa, Yemen | AFP | Sunday 4/26/2015 - 17:52 GMT
by Jamal al-Jabiri with Fawaz al-Haidari in Taez
A new UN envoy was looking to kickstart peace talks in Yemen as battles raged Sunday between Iran-backed rebels and pro-government forces a month after the launch of Saudi-led air strikes.
The Shiite Huthi rebels, who have overrun large parts of the country and forced President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi to flee abroad, have demanded an end to the air war as a condition for UN-sponsored talks.
Sunday 4/26/2015 - 19:56 GMT
Air strikes on a marketplace Sunday killed at least 40 civilians, including women and children, as Syrian forces stepped up attacks on rebels a day after losing a key border town.
There were fears the death toll would mount from the bombing raids on Darkush, a rebel-held town near the Turkish frontier, which also wounded dozens of people, a monitoring group said.
KATHMANDU, Nepal, April 25, 2015 – A magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck Nepal on Saturday, toppling buildings and creating avalanches in the Himalayas. The national disaster management agency has declared a state of emergency and says over 1000 people have died.
Today, the Humanitarian Coalition is launching a national joint appeal to help the victims of the devastating earthquake in Nepal. The reports of deaths, injuries, and extensive damage caused to people’s homes and livelihoods are making it clear that this is a disaster of immense and growing scale.
KEY EDITORIAL MESSAGE
Dear Readers and Member Agencies,
I would like to welcome to the 10th edition of Sphere India monthly newsletter, April Issue, 2015. I hope some of the articles/features in this issue will contribute to that seasonal glow of renewal and enrichment of humanitarian sector in India as to gather together and organize ideas that are worth sharing as a national coalition of humanitarian sector in India.
A powerful earthquake struck west of the Nepali capital Kathmandu on Saturday, 25 April, causing extensive damage at the epicentre and the collapse of a number of buildings in the capital. Initial reports are that hundreds of people have been confirmed dead and many more injured. SOS Children’s Villages is assessing the situation and plans to provide support to affected children as part of the global humanitarian response.
International community concerned over lack of access to civilians in Yarmouk.
At least 195,000 people fled escalating or imminent violence during reporting period.
Number of people living in besieged areas more than doubled
Vulnerable populations benefit from Syria Emergency Response Fund
14 projects approved by Central Emergency Relief Fund
Ishan hospital in Saraqab was damaged during an airstrike on 18 April, rendering it non-functional.
The SARC Idleb facilities at Carlton Hotel in Idleb city were extensively damaged in an airstrike on 17 April, with key assets, including nine SARC ambulances and vehicles damaged or destroyed. No SARC personnel were injured.