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.
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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.
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Anu, 7, decided to help other community volunteers to prepare Oxfam hygiene kits for distribution in Sankhu, Nepal.
Tens of thousands of people have seen their homes flattened or damaged to such an extent that it is not safe for them to return.