SOURCE: Lutheran World Relief, Inc.

Lutheran World Relief, Inc.

September 02, 2015 11:30 ET

Lutheran World Relief: Nepal Earthquake Situation Report

BALTIMORE, MD--(Marketwired - September 02, 2015) -

SITUATION OVERVIEW

  • On April 25th, at 11:41am local time, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck approximately 50 miles northwest of Kathmandu, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS). Tremors were felt across northern India and neighboring Bangladesh and Pakistan.
  • On May 12th at 12:50 local time, a second earthquake struck with a magnitude of 7.3 causing further significant damage and further loss of life. Powerful aftershocks continued for hours, including 5.6 and 6.3 magnitude tremors with epicenters in Sindhupalchowk and Ramechhap districts. According to the Government, a total of 32 districts were affected, including those still recovering from the 25 April earthquake.
  • Humanitarian agencies recorded cases of psychosocial trauma in affected communities. Additional mental health support services are needed. Coordination of debris management activities is reported to be an issue in all affected VDCs. This includes appropriate and safe demolition of destroyed or damaged structures.
  • The monsoon season has contributed more hazards to the earthquake effected areas as was predicted. Since it began in June, 90 people have been killed, 38 have gone missing, and 48 have been injured with the majority of casualties occurring in the Kaski landslides in July and the Taplejung landslide in June. 40 cases of cholera have been recorded in the Kathmandu Valley and Nuwakot. Additionally, 117 houses, 9 bridges, and 1 school have been destroyed.

INTERNATIONAL HUMANITARIAN RESPONSE EFFORTS

  • LWR is working in close coordination with the Nepal Red Cross, the Government of Nepal, other NGOs and the UN.
  • The ACT Alliance has issued a revised appeal requesting over $15.4 million in funding to help disaster affected communities across the country. LWR is an active member of the ACT Nepal Forum and participated in the appeal, requesting $1.2 million in funding. LWR programs are closely coordinated with other ACT members, local government and the humanitarian community to avoid duplication.
  • On June 25th, the Government of Nepal hosted the international conference Toward a Resilient Nepal in order to coordinate efforts among its partner governments and organizations involved in the reconstruction effort. Donor countries and agencies pledged $4.4 billion in aid, or two-thirds of the amount needed over five years, according to Nepali Finance Minister Ram SharanMahat.

LUTHERAN WORLD RELIEF'S RESPONSE

  • LWR, in partnership with local partners COPPADES and SSICDC, provided Corrugated Galvanized Iron (CGI) sheets to 1,482 families and cash transfers to 577 families, both to be used toward temporary shelter.
  • Soybean seeds have been distributed to 1,696 families in order to support recovery of agricultural livelihoods and food security after the monsoon.
  • LWR is working with farmers groups to implement a cash for work program, focused on repairing roads throughout the rural areas, which will provide families with an infusion of cash to purchase immediate needs while also improving road conditions, one of the major barriers to quick delivery of goods in the affected areas.
  • In coordination with the United Nations, LWR shipped 9,240 Quilts, 1,000 Personal Care Kits and 100 water filtration units from LWR's prepositioned stock at the UNHRD Warehouse in Dubai. These items arrived in Kathmandu on May 11 and have been distributed in partnership with Lutheran World Federation in the Kathmandu Valley and by LWR in Lamjung District. The majority of the community water filtration units will be utilized in schools supported by FinnChurchAid.
  • As an immediate response, LWR distributed, with our long term partner COPPADES, 2,914 food packs containing rice, sugar, lentils, salt, and oil, each pack sufficient for 15 days of consumption for a family of 5, and 4,600 tarpaulins benefiting 3,973 families or 20,484 individuals.
  • LWR's Technical Advisor for Emergency Capacity Building completed a 2 day training with COPPADES staff on quality and accountability during emergencies.
  • LWR's funding commitment is over $2 million for this response and we continue to actively fundraise to expand our reach to more communities in need of assistance.
  • LWR has released the Earthquake Response Interim Strategy, which outlines our comprehensive plans for a two-year response period with a focus on food security, shelter, early recovery & livelihoods, and disaster risk reduction.

NEXT STEPS:

  • Distributions continue throughout August, as current numbers reflect more than 75% of targeted populations reached for shelter and seed distribution.
  • At the end of July, LWR completed a post-distribution satisfaction survey to assess its initial response. There is a need for different kinds of seeds, and the families will be supported with crop and vegetable seeds for the winter season. Families will also be supported on goat raising. Disaster Risk Reduction related activities, such as formation of Local Disaster Management Committees, will continue.

Lutheran World Relief works to improve the lives of smallholder farmers and people experiencing poverty in Africa, Asia and Latin America, both in times of emergencies and for the long term. With the financial support of US Lutherans and other donors, LWR strengthens communities through programs in agriculture, climate, and emergency support. LWR works with partners, supporters and technical assistance providers to achieve lasting results. Lutheran World Relief is a ministry of U.S. Lutherans, serving communities living in poverty overseas. For more information, visit lwr.org.

Contact Information

  • John Rivera
    Media Relations Manager
    jrivera@lwr.org
    Office: 410-230-2751
    Cell: 443-604-2918