Nepal

Heavy rains hamper rescue work

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Hope for finding survivors in the ruins after the devastating Earthquake in Nepal is fading. Heavy rains and landslides create new challenges for the rescue workers.

The destructions after the strongest earthquake in recent times seem immeasurable. The prime minister of Nepal admits the government is overwhelmed by the multitude of requests for assistance from the provinces affected.

So far, DanChurchAid has pledged 2 million DKK (293,100 USD) to the relief work but more is needed.

The emergency is exacerbated by the heavy rains falling mercilessly on the many homeless people who shelter in streets and parks.

According to meteorologists the rain will continue for at least 10 days.

Stage One: 5,000 particularly vulnerable families

DanChurchAid has sent three disaster experts to Nepal to strengthen our local office and to participate in the coordination of the large, international relief efforts.

The first priority is to provide 5,000 vulnerable families (single parents, orphans, untouchables and disabled) with emergency shelter with received materials and technical support.

They should also have access to safe water and sanitation and needed hygiene knowledge.

Stage Two:10,000 families

Next 10,000 vulnerable families will be sustained through the emergency phase by supplies like food and hygiene kits (containing ie. soap, hand desinfection, washing powder).

They will also be provided with the most necessary equipment for families who have lost everything, ie. household utensils, blankets, mattresses and diapers

Protecting the weakest

During disasters women and children are especially vulnerable. Many women are subject to rape, and children who have lost their loved ones are potential victims of human trafficking.

7,000 vulnerable families (single parents, orphans, untouchables, elderly and the disabled) are to be organized and provided with protection and community based psychosocial support within their communities