WFP is gearing up to mount a significant response to the Government of Nepal’s official request for international humanitarian assistance for the earthquake. Specialized WFP emergency teams have arrived and are being mobilized to support the overall response together with the Government, building on extensive pre-established emergency preparedness measures for Nepal. High Energy Biscuits are also being flown into Kathmandu from the UN Humanitarian Response Depot as part of WFP’s initial response.
The scale and magnitude of the earthquake's impact continues to be assessed via aerial assessments and other means. The government has reported that a total of 30 districts have been affected in the Western and Central Regions, including Kathmandu Valley districts. Meanwhile, WFP’s Vulnerability Analysis and Mapping (VAM) teams are using satellite imagery and available data to make an initial assessment of the situation. The VAM team will be able to broadly identify the number and locations of the affected population which WFP will then use as a basis to target emergency food assistance.
WFP is preparing an Emergency Operation, which will be informed by VAM’s remote assessment. Two Special Operations — one for Logistics and Emergency Telecommunications Augmentation and another for a UN Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS) operation — will support the overall relief response, as part of WFP's common service platform for the international community. The three projects are expected to be released in the next 24-48 hours covering the scope of WFP’s response, with a view to refine and re-adjust figures in the coming weeks as relief missions confirm and conclude assessments.
All 136 staff working for WFP in Nepal are accounted for.