Asia and the Pacific: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot (21 - 27 April 2015)
At 11:56 local time on 25 Apr a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal, with the epicenter in Lamjung District, 80 km north-west of Kathmandu. Aftershocks continue to occur, including a 6.7 magnitude earthquake on 26 Apr. Many people remain outside their houses in fear of further aftershocks. The Government reports more than 2,200 deaths, over 5,800 injuries. These figures are expected to increase as information becomes available.
2,200 people killed
5,800 people injured
On 26 Apr an UN Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) team arrived in Kathmandu and established a Reception and Departure centre at the airport to register incoming humanitairan support.
Government reports that 35 of 75 districts are affected in the Western and Central Regions, including the Kathmandu Valley districts. Assistance requested by Government includes search and rescue capacity, medical teams, supplies and tenting for hospitals, body bags, heavy equipment for rubble removal and helicopters.
Areas in the Tibet autonomous region, including the prefectural level city of Shigatse, were also affected by the earthquake and subsequent aftershocks, with more than 200,000 people affected. At least 20 deaths have been confirmed and 55 injured, with 7,000 people relocated in Nyalam county and 5,000 evacuated in Gyirong county. Some 1,190 houses have collapsed and over 5,820 houses damaged. Major roads are blocked by landslides and mudslides.
20 people killed
Government-led response operations are underway. Relief teams were dispatched to affected areas to conduct search and rescue
Fatalities, injuries and damage to buildings have been reported from the earthquake across Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal, and Sikkim states, with tremors also felt in Assam, Uttarkhand, Delhi, Punjab and Haryana. At least 69 deaths have been confirmed – 52 in Bihar, 13 in Uttar Pradesh, 2 in West Bengal and one in Rajasthan, with several hundred injuries. Damage to buildings and infrastructure have also been reported in the main affected districts
69 people killed
Disaster management mechanisms have been activated and the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has mobilized teams to the affected areas of northern Bihar and Uttar Pradesh.
Priority needs of people affected by Cyclone Pam remain food, emergency shelter, health care and safe drinking water.
As of 21 Apr nearly 14,000 households have received emergency shelter and 24,000 children aged 6 to 59 months have received measles vaccinations and Vitamin A.
Around 3,500 children aged 6 to 59 months were screened for acute malnutrition in Tanna.
14,000 households received emergency shelter
A second round of Government-led food distributions has begun on Erromango,
Futuna, Aniwa and Mere Lava. Additional food was shipped to Tanna, the Efate offshore islands and Aneityum. Currently, food is being loaded for shipment to rural Efate and Pentecost.