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WFP Special Operation 200849 - Provision of Humanitarian Air Services in Nepal
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This Special Operation (SO) is established to ensure humanitarian access to earthquake affected areas in Nepal through the provision of safe and reliable air transport services as well as to provide capacity for possible medical evacuation of humanitarian staff when required. On 25 April, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck near Kathmandu, Nepal’s capital. An estimated 6.6 million people are reportedly within 100 km of the epicentre. This earthquake was followed by up to thirty-one aftershocks of varying magnitude, with the latest aftershock occurring in the morning of 26 April with a magnitude of 6.7. Based on the magnitude of the earthquakes, the size of the affected population and their vulnerability, a high humanitarian impact is expected. According to initial media reports, buildings have collapsed and many roads remain blocked in Kathmandu and Pokhara. Nepal’s main international airport, Tribhuvan International Airport, sustained minimal damage and was temporarily closed but reopened after a few hours to international commercial traffic and relief flights. Humanitarian workers from various UN agencies and NGOs in Nepal are currently assessing the situation and determining immediate needs. It is likely that the earthquake will create a severe humanitarian crisis as Nepal’s developing economy is unlikely to cope with the consequences of such a large-scale disaster. As UN agencies and other humanitarian organizations are scaling up their activities for an effective response, access by air is critical and UNHAS is deemed crucial to fill the transport gap caused by blocked roads and damaged infrastructure. The fleet and operational routes will be determined in consultation with relevant stakeholders and in accordance with the needs of the humanitarian community.
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, LOGISTICS AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS
Thematic Group:
 WFP : Food and Emergency humanitarian logistict support
Thesaurus:
13.02.00  -  Disaster Prevention, Preparedness And Relief
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