Nepal: Earthquake 2015 Situation Report No.17 (as of 21 May 2015)

Situation Report
Originally published



  • On 21 May, the Humanitarian Coordinator briefed Member States in Geneva on the humanitarian situation and ongoing relief efforts.

  • An antenna humanitarian hub was established in Charikot (Dolakha District) to support local authorities.

  • Foreign military forces announced plans to transition from relief operations towards technical assistance to support rehabilitation.

  • An estimated 870,000 children will be unable to resume school on 31 May due to destroyed classrooms.

40,000 households supported with agricultural input packages

456 health facilities destroyed 

7,500 dignity kits distributed in 14 districts

Situation Overview

Humanitarian partners initiated contingency planning at the district level, to prepare for the monsoon season which begins in about two weeks. Pre-positioning of supplies is critical to ensure that the relief continues to reach remote, rural Village Development Committes (VDCs).
As of 21 May (9:30, UTC+5:45), a total of 494,717 houses were reported destroyed and 267,373 houses damaged, according to the Ministry of Home Affairs. The confirmed death toll increased slightly compared with the last reporting period to 8,631 people (4,750 female; 3,867 male; 14 bodies remain unidentified). This includes 154 people killed in the 12 May earthquake.
On 19 May, the Area Humanitarian Coordinator in Gorkha visited rural communities in Dhading District to gain a first-hand account of the ongoing relief efforts. Local authorities expressed the need for education services to resume in order for children to gain a sense of normalcy.
The Education Cluster reports an estimated 870,000 children aged 3 to 18 years of age will be unable to return to their classrooms when classes resume on 31 May. Thousands more will need support to access education services.
The earthquakes destroyed over 25,000 classrooms. Another 10,000 classrooms will require some form of repair. In addition to the impact on facilities and buildings, children and their teachers require psychosocial support and the protective environment that emergency education provides.
In support of the Government, the Education Cluster is assisting with structural assessments of 7,800 schools, construction of 4,500 temporary learning centres, and training of 16,000 teachers to provide a platform for life- saving services such as health, child protection and WASH.
Demolition of damaged buildings and debris management is a significant challenge particularly in Charikot (Dolakha District) and northern-most VDCs in other districts. Heavy equipment cannot be transported to some of the affected areas due to damaged roads.
Lack of awareness of safety standards poses a risk for local communities clearing debris and rebuilding their homes. In Irkhu VDC (Sindhupalchowk), a pilot debris management through cash-for-work is being implemented by the Early Recovery Cluster. It is expected that the programme will be expanded in the surrounding VDCs.
Authorities and humanitarian partners report that 60 to 70 per cent of people with damaged houses in Chautara are already building makeshift shelters in which they might need to remain for up to two years.
On 21 May, the Humanitarian Coordinator (HC) briefed Member States assembled in Geneva on the humanitarian situation and the ongoing response to the Nepal earthquake. As part of his message, the HC pleaded with Member States for the right and sufficient support which will enable humanitarian actors to reach people in need, even those in the most hard-to-reach areas.

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