Nepal

Nepal: Earthquake 2015 Situation Report No.16 (as of 18 May 2015)

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Highlights

  • Ministry of Information and Communications announced cabinet’s endorsement of a short-term relief package which includes a 15,000 Nepalese rupees grant (approximately US$150) for people to build temporary shelter before monsoon season.

  • Local authorities request a flexible approach to shelter assistance, taking into consideration differences in traditional housing. Minimum shelter standards were developed to guide responders.

  • UN General Assembly emphasizes the importance of integrating a gender perspective into the earthquake response.

  • Humanitarian partners consider increased roll-out of cash programming in remote communities with functional markets.

234 displacement sites identified across 134 Village Development Committees

3,009 Women and girls received sexual and reproductive health services in 6 district

20,606 household kits distributed

Situation Overview

Scaling up distribution of shelter materials remains a priority across the earthquake affected areas before the start of the monsoon season in June.

As of 18 May (18:00, UTC+5:45), the Ministry of Home Affairs confirmed a total of 488,789 houses destroyed and 267,477 damaged. The death toll has increased to 8,604 people (4,726 female; 3,834 male; 44 bodies remain unidentified). This includes 148 people who lost their lives during the 12 May earthquake. The total number of injured now stands at 16,808.

On 16 May, the Government’s Minister of Information and Communications announced cabinet’s endorsement of a short-term relief package for people whose houses were destroyed. The relief package includes a grant of NPR 15,000 (about US$150) to enable those who lost their homes to build temporary shelters before the monsoon season. The official notice is yet to be circulated to line ministries.

In Gorkha District, corrugated iron sheets and other quality shelter material are in high demand. Transport of shelter material in the northern-most Village District Committees (VDCs) remains a challenge, as porters and aircraft have difficulties accessing the steep mountain slopes.

Agencies are considering the roll-out of cash programming in remote communities where markets are functional. Local authorities requested a flexible approach to shelter assistance, taking into consideration differences in traditional housing forms in various affected areas.
There is a need to ensure that minimum standards for shelter, developed by the Shelter Cluster, are communicated effectively to all partners providing shelter assistance.

On 15 May, the Gorkha District Disaster Relief Committee agreed to transition from blanket distributions to targeted assistance. Government-led assessments are ongoing to further define remaining at the VDC level.

Protection challenges were reported by humanitarian partners. On 17 May, protests were held in Chautara (Sindhupalchowk District) reportedly due to unequal distribution of aid. This caused temporary road blocks. Shelter needs of tenants are a concern in Charikot (Dolakha District), Manthali (Ramechhap District) and Sindhuli District.

The relief system is based on ‘households’ and it is being widely reported that tenants are unable to access relief as some landlords are not cooperating with distribution of tarpaulins.

At the 69th session of the UN General Assembly, held on 13 May, on Strengthening emergency relief, rehabilitation and reconstruction in response to the devastating effects of the earthquake in Nepal , Member States emphasised the importance of integrating gender-specific requirements into the earthquake response, as well as ensuring that women take an active and equal role in all relevant aspects of disaster management and rehabilitation.

On 18 May, the Humanitarian Coordinator travelled to Gorkha District to assess the situation and meet with local officials and responders.

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