Two weeks since the United Nations and humanitarian partners launched the Flash Appeal to provide urgent and life-saving assistance to people affected by the 25 April quake, funding remains largely insufficient with humanitarian needs compounded by the 12 May earthquake.
The new quake and its aftershocks caused additional damage, including in areas already impacted by the initial disaster. Many more people were injured and additional damage to homes and infrastructure was reported. People have once again moved to open spaces and we can expect a lot of them to remain in the open. Initial assessments are still ongoing, but it is clear that humanitarian needs will rise.
The humanitarian community continues to support the Government-led response. National search and rescue teams were immediately deployed. Nepali military and civil defence assets were also mobilised. Hospitals are treating the injured.
The time to provide urgent relief is getting shorter and shorter, as the monsoon season approaches. Humanitarian partners will now be required to assist even more people in this short period of time.
Addressing a press conference, Provision of shelter, healthcare, basic household items as well as water and sanitation, food and protection is urgently required.