Nepal

Nepal: Earthquake 2015 Situation Report No.20 (as of 3 June 2015)

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Highlights

  • As of 3 June, the Government of Nepal confirmed over 500,000 houses were destroyed and 8,700 people killed by the earthquakes.

  • About two weeks remain until monsoon rains begin to significantly affect ongoing relief operations.

  • Humanitarian partners revised the Nepal Flash Appeal extending the implementation period from three to five months to ensure linkage with the Government’s recovery programme. There is no increase in the overall estimated funding requirement.

  • On 2 June, a helicopter carrying four medical aid workers crashed in Sindhupalchowk District.

2.8 million people in need of humanitarian assistance

864,000 people in hard to reach areas need immediate assistance

8,702 deaths

Situation Overview

As of 3 June (11:30, UTC+5:45), the Government reported a total of 505,745 houses destroyed and 279,330 damaged by the 7.8 magnitude earthquake on 25 April and the 7.3 quake on 12 May. The earthquakes killed 8,702 people (4,801 female; 3,899 male; 2 bodies remain unidentified) and injured thousands of people.

An estimated 2.8 million people are still in need of humanitarian assistance. Reaching some 864,000 people in hard to reach areas who have lost their homes and live below the poverty line is a priority. With the impending monsoon rains expected to further isolate remote villages, district authorities and humanitarian partners continue to prioritize distribution of shelter materials in the northern-most Village Development Committees (VDCs).

To date, some 762,000 people have received emergency shelter and non-food items (or about 40 per cent of the Shelter Cluster targets; refer to the Humanitarian Dashboard for a visual overview of progress towards meeting needs across other clusters).

On 29 May, the Humanitarian Country Team revised the Nepal Flash Appeal seeking $422 million to ensure that life-saving assistance continue to reach people affected by the earthquakes.
The appeal duration was extended from three to five months to take into account the effects of the monsoon on the emergency phase and to ensure linkage with the recovery and rehabilitation programme of the Government of Nepal.

Partners are concerned that there may not be sufficient capacity in Gorkha District to distribute all relief items before the monsoon, particularly into those areas accessible only by helicopters.
On 2 June, a helicopter delivering humanitarian relief and carrying four medical aid workers crashed in Sindhupalchowk District. This is the second air incident since the beginning of the relief operations.

There is limited fuel supply in Sinduphalchowk. Local authorities have requested support for additional fuel. Airlift capacity in the district will also be reduced with the departure of multinational security forces.

With reports received of possible relocation of villages and continuing internal migration as a result of the earthquake and potentially by the monsoon, humanitarian partners have expressed the need to ensure that protection monitoring mechanisms are in place. Temporary relocation and encampment is the least preferred option and should only be considered if it is necessary for immediate life-saving purposes.

A Post Disaster Needs Assessment is ongoing supported by the European Union, the United Nations and the World Bank. The Government of Nepal will convene a donors conference on post-earthquake reconstruction and rehabilitation in Kathmandu around the end of June

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