Highlights and Key Messages
The window of opportunity—just weeks before the onset of the monsoon—to deliver life-saving food, shelter and medical supplies is closing rapidly for people living high up in the mountains with no road access. Once the monsoon rains begin, access to the high-lying villages will be seriously curtailed.
WFP is racing against the clock to deliver food and assist other organisations in delivering shelter materials by helicopter, trucks, tractors and, starting this week, approximately 20,000 local porters who will trek into some of the remotest villages carrying food and shelter on their backs.
Food assistance is needed in mountainous areas affected by the earthquakes where food stocks were lost and markets have not recovered. In other affected areas, where household food stocks have been partially lost and markets are partially functioning and recovering rapidly, WFP will carry out cash transfers to allow survivors immediate access to their preferred kinds of food.
The rugged terrain, poor weather conditions, disruption to communications, lack of sufficient helicopters, and bureaucratic snarls are creating backlogs of relief supplies at the humanitarian hubs. WFP is working with the Government of Nepal to decongest the flow of cargo and dispatch relief items as quickly as possible. In addition to the Humanitarian Staging Area (HSA), near the Tribhuvan Airport, five more logistics hubs and a new road corridor from Calcutta, India, are helping to speed up the flow of relief supplies.
While WFP is grateful for the contributions received for its emergency operations to date, urgent funding is required to sustain the food assistance and two humanitarian common services platforms—Logistics and Emergency Telecommunications, and the United Nations Humanitarian Air Services (UNHAS)—which WFP leads. The provision of common support services is essential to ensure the humanitarian lifeline between relief organisations and the earthquake-affected population.