Even after a month of Earthquake, funding for the relief operations remains insufficient, as the humanitarian community races against the clock to ensure shelter is provided to those without homes and pipelines are in place in the next 2-3 weeks, before the monsoon season begins.
According to United Nations Information Center press release, the focus of the on-going humanitarian operation is to ensure that those affected are provided with the basics, to ensure their survival through the monsoon season. This includes providing them with shelter, which is our top-most priority, food and other items and services necessary for their subsistence. Innovative techniques combining standard aid delivery with traditional methods used by the Nepalese people are used by responders to reach vulnerable communities in far flung, mountainous areas – many of which were the most affected by the disastrous events.
On 25 April, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal, killing and injuring thousands of people and destroying and damaging many homes and infrastructure. On 12 May, another 7.3 magnitude quake struck the country. The two devastating events have left hundreds of thousands of people without roofs over their heads and in urgent need of humanitarian assistance.
It is estimated that more than 30 per cent of Nepal’s population, in 39 out of the country’s 75 districts have been affected. In the immediate aftermath of the first earthquake, the Government of Nepal, supported by the United Nations and the international community, launched a comprehensive relief operation.