UN Response

UN Response

April 27, 2015, 5:45 p.m. Published in Magazine Issue: Vol: 08 No. -20 April 24- 2015 (Baishakh 11, 2072)

An estimated 6.6 million people live in the 30 districts affected by the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck Nepal yesterday, 25 April 2015. According to the US Geological Survey, the earthquake occurred at 11:56 am. local time at a depth of 15km causing loss of life and injury with massive damage to infrastructure. The United Nations Resident Coordinator Mr Jamie McGoldrick met with the Government of Nepal yesterday to offer assistance and discuss requirements for the response.

 

We are ready to assist the Government of Nepal to respond to this terrible tragedy,” said the Resident Coordinator. “All efforts will be made to assist those who need our help.” With the epicenter in Lamjung District, tremors were felt across Nepal. The earthquake triggered an avalanche in the Mount Everest area, burying parts of the Everest base camp. Over ten strong aftershocks were felt within the first few hours after the earthquake. Current reported casualties exceed 1,000 people but numbers are expected to be high as search and rescue operations begin. Rescue and relief operations may be hampered with the monsoon fast approaching.

 

The United Nations Resident Coordinator's Office and other UN agencies will work under the leadership of the Government of Nepal with the support of a United Nations Disaster Assessment Team (UNDAC). The team arrived today in Kathmandu to assist in identifying the most immediate need of those affected by yesterday’s quake. “It is essential that we move quickly and effectively,” said McGoldrick. “We need to ensure that no further lives are lost and the needs of the most vulnerable prioritized.” The United in Nepal has reported that all but 19 (as of 25 April) UN staff personnel in the country have been accounted for.

 

The Government of Japan dispatch the Japan Disaster Relief (JDR) Rescue Team to Nepal to conduct rescue operations for missing persons in response to the request from the Government of Nepal following the damage caused by the massive earthquake. The team is composed of more than 70 evacuation specialists from police authority, fire department, JICA etc. and scheduled to arrive in Kathmandu on April 27th.

"We have been at the forefront when it comes to helping during natural calamities like this. I have been very much impressed with the Indian government's instant response to undertake relief measures. This time also we will help as we did in the past. Being a corporate house, we can support financially.

 

An estimated 6.6 million people live in the 30 districts affected by the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck Nepal yesterday, 25 April 2015. According to the US Geological Survey, the earthquake occurred at 11:56 a.m. local time at a depth of 15km causing loss of life and injury with massive damage to infrastructure. The United Nations Resident Coordinator Mr Jamie McGoldrick met with the Government of Nepal yesterday to offer assistance and discuss requirements for the response. “We are ready to assist the Government of Nepal to respond to this terrible tragedy,” said the Resident Coordinator. “All efforts will be made to assist those who need our help.” With the epicenter in Lamjung District, tremors were felt across Nepal. The earthquake triggered an avalanche in the Mount Everest area, burying parts of the Everest base camp. Over ten strong aftershocks were felt within the first few hours after the earthquake. Current reported casualties exceed 1,000 people but numbers are expected to be high as search and rescue operations begin. Rescue and relief operations may be hampered with the monsoon fast approaching. The United Nations Resident Coordinator's Office and other UN agencies will work under the leadership of the Government of Nepal with the support of a United Nations Disaster Assessment Team (UNDAC). The team arrived today in Kathmandu to assist in identifying the most immediate need of those affected by yesterday’s quake. “It is essential that we move quickly and effectively,” said McGoldrick. “We need to ensure that no further lives are lost and the needs of the most vulnerable prioritized.” The United in Nepal has reported that all but 19 (as of 25 April) UN staff personnel in the country have been accounted for. 

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