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A Race for Time to Assist Earthquake Survivors in Nepal
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(Kathmandu/Bangkok, 9 May 2015) Two weeks after the devastating earthquake struck Nepal, responders continue to innovatively use traditional methods to reach the affected people in remote, hard-to-reach areas, with relief items. The 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck on 25 April, killing and injuring thousands of people and destroying lives, homes and livelihoods in more than half of the country’s districts. Hundreds of thousands of people became homeless and together with many other survivors require urgent humanitarian assistance. In the aftermath of the disaster the Government launched a massive relief operation, with support from and in collaboration with the international community. “We have a short window to reach people in need,” said Jamie McGoldrick, the Humanitarian Coordinator in Nepal. “With the monsoon season just around the corner, our imperative is to provide communities with roofs over their heads and meet their basic needs.” Responders tackle the topography challenge by creatively complementing standard aid delivery with competencies and traditional methods of the communities. The increased airlift capacity, the decentralization of logistical support through the creation of additional hubs close to the affected areas, and the inclusion of the road network also contribute to our ability to speed up the flow of relief goods.
Publisher:
UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Nepal ,   (2015 )
Type / Script:
Press Release in English
Keywords:
NATURAL DISASTERS, EARTHQUAKES, DISASTER-PRONE AREAS, DISASTER RELIEF, DISASTER VICTIMS, NATURAL PHENOMENA, SEARCH AND RESCUE OPERATIONS, SEISMIC ACTIVITY, EARTHQUAKE ZONES, NATURAL PHENOMENA, GEOLOGICAL FAULTS, LANDFORMS, PLATE TECTONICS, HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE, INTERNATIONAL RELIEF, COORDINATION, RESIDENT COORDINATOR
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 UNOCHA : Humanitarian Coordination and Affair
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13.02.00  -  Disaster Prevention, Preparedness And Relief
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