UN and Government of Nepal launch 415 million dollar appeal for relief following earthquake

Apr 30, 2015

Communities in Katmandu Valley form an assembly line to remove debris to reach survivors trapped under collapsed buildings a day after the earthquake. Photo: Laxmi Prasad Ngakhusi / UNDP Nepal

The UN including the UN Development Programme and the Nepali Government made an appeal today for financial aid to provide urgent relief for people affected by the earthquake that struck Nepal Saturday morning.

The appeal, for US$ 415 million, aims to support the Government in addressing the most critical needs for shelter, water and sanitation, emergency health, food, and protection over the next three months.

Of that, US$ 16 million will be used for early recovery activities to restore essential services and facilitate continued humanitarian assistance to communities. These efforts will focus on debris removal and restoration of livelihoods through cash-for-work projects that will provide jobs and money to help survivors support their families.

Debris removal is critical so that humanitarian and medical aid can reach millions who have been affected, and to prevent further loss of life.

“The timing of the interventions remains of the essence,” said Jamie McGoldrick, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Nepal. “Although I am heartened and encouraged by the progress of the response to date, efforts need to be maintained and stepped up to ensure vital assistance reaches all the affected, especially those in the remote areas.”

The earthquake caused widespread damage across the country. So far, more than 5,000 people are reported dead, and more than 10,000 injured. Across 39 of Nepal’s 75 districts, including the densely populated Kathmandu Valley, about 70,000 homes have been destroyed and more than half a million have sustained damage.

Nepal’s local authorities are on the frontlines responding to the disaster, but their ability to deliver services has been severely hampered by the quake. Part of UNDP’s early recovery programme will include supporting the Government to help meet the needs of affected people, to mitigate the impact of future natural disasters, and to improve the resilience of communities by sustainably building back better.

To support UNDP efforts in the Nepal emergency please click here,  or text “nepaldonate” to  41444 (United States only).

 

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