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WFP Emergency Operation 200668 - Emergency Food Assistance to Populations Affected by Earthquake in Nepal
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An earthquake hit the Nepal on 25th April causing significant destruction and massive population displacements. Initial government/United Nations reports indicate that the areas of Kathmandu, Baktapur, Lalitpur, Palanchok, Sindulpalchowk, Kavre, Nuwakot, Rasuwa, Dolakha, Dhading in the Central Region, and Kaski, Gorkha, Lamjung in the Western Region, have been hit the hardest. As the magnitude of this disaster continues to unfold, an estimated 6.5 million people are currently reported as directly affected. Of those, WFP estimates that 1.4 million will require immediate food assistance.

On 26th April the Government appealed for international assistance. Immediate priorities include search and rescue, medical services and supplies, clean water and sanitation, food, nutrition, emergency shelter, logistics and telecommunications.

Through this emergency operation, WFP, together with partner agencies, will support 1.4 million vulnerable and food-insecure people in the Western and Central regions over an initial period of three months. WFP will undertake general food distributions and cash transfers, where appropriate, targeting primarily internally displaced persons and other vulnerable people who are unable to access food through their normal livelihood means. Interventions will also include blanket supplementary feeding for children 6-59 months and pregnant and lactating women to prevent a deterioration of their nutritional status.

The overall objective of this operation is to “Save lives and protect livelihoods in emergencies” in line with Strategic Objective 1 of the WFP Strategic Plan (2014-2017). More specifically, the proposed activities aim to i) Meet urgent food and nutrition needs of vulnerable people and communities and reduce undernutrition to below emergency levels; and ii) protect lives and livelihoods while enabling safe access to food and nutrition for women and men.

As part of its global cluster lead responsibilities, WFP is also deploying staff and equipment to support the international humanitarian community in logistics and emergency telecommunications.

United Nations Disaster and Assessment Coordination team in which WFP is taking part is being deployed to undertake a rapid needs assessment to inform a multi-sectoral response.
Based on the findings of this assessment, WFP will review the planning assumptions for this operation and make adjustments to the targeting and response strategy accordingly. A budget revision to this emergency operation will be processed within 30 days to adjust WFP planned beneficiary figures.
Publisher:
WFP ,   (2015 )
Type / Script:
Bulletin or Poster 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, FOOD AND NUTRITION, LOGISTICS AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS, SHELTER AND NON-FOOD ITEMS
Thematic Group:
 WFP : Food and Emergency humanitarian logistict support
Thesaurus:
13.02.00  -  Disaster Prevention, Preparedness And Relief
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