As Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi visits the UK, Oxfam today warned that its humanitarian program in Nepal is just two weeks away from a complete standstill due to the fuel crisis that has severely affected the country.
The April 2015 earthquake devastated Nepal, affecting more than eight million people. This briefing paper considers the successes and challenges of the response so far, and looks at what must be done to ensure that Nepal recovers in a way which makes it more resilient and more equitable.
Oxfam has launched an emergency appeal for survivors of the South Asian earthquake which hit Afghanistan and Pakistan earlier this morning. Oxfam teams are working with local authorities and organisations to assess the scale of the damage and teams are ready to respond where needed.
Relief for the 8 million people affected by the huge Nepal earthquake six months ago is still being disrupted by delays in reinstating the government’s National Reconstruction Agency, says Oxfam. An on-going fuel crisis is adding to the problems, putting at risk the health and safety of thousands of people as winter approaches. More than 8,600 people were killed and half a million houses destroyed by the quake.
On 25 April 2015, Nepal was struck by a massive 7.6 magnitude earthquake that left nearly 9,000 people dead and destroyed or damaged more than 850,000 homes. Many of the affected people have received some support from the Government of Nepal and aid organizations, but others are still waiting for assistance.
Oxfam’s Cash for Work (CFW) program is providing short-term employment to vulnerable families in Sindhupalchowk, a severely affected district where more than 3,500 people died and more than 99% houses were damaged.
Women in Nepal are living in fear of abuse because of the lack of privacy and security afforded by temporary shelters, Oxfam said today.
The international community must support the Nepalese government to grasp a golden opportunity to rebuild the country and make it more resilient to future disasters.
Thanks to your support, we have been able to reach over 150,000 people affected by the massive earthquake which hit Nepal on 25th April.
Cecilia Keizer, Oxfam’s country director in Nepal said: “This is a double disaster leaving many of the survivors of the first earthquake shocked and fearful of further tremors.