Earthquake in Nepal: Donate to help survivorsMay 4, 2015
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On 25 April, a 7.9 magnitude earthquake hit Nepal and northern India. Over 15 powerful aftershocks rocked Nepal within 24-hours after the initial impact. The earthquake is the worst disaster to hit Nepal since the 1934 earthquake.
Latest government figures indicate over 8,000 dead, and over 10,194 people injured. Eight million people are affected across Nepal. The final toll maybe higher as emergency response teams gradually open up blocked areas in remote areas to rescue those who remain trapped, including those near Mt. Everest.
Nepal’s Government has declared a national emergency, and has appealed to the international community for assistance. On 29 April, the United Nations and partners launched a Flash Appeal for US$415 million to provide vital relief to people affected by the devastating earthquake in Nepal.
UNDP has been supporting the Government in gathering and assessing information about immediate needs, and a clearer picture of the damage is likely to emerge over the next weeks. UNDP Nepal staff based in Katmandu have been working alongside the UN Humanitarian Country Team in coordinating international relief efforts to support the Government.
UNDP Key Facts as of 30 April 2015
It is estimated that three quarters of the affected population live in remote rural areas, and reaching them is a priority.
For this to happen immediate attention must be paid to removal of rubble and other debris and UNDP is working with the Government to support this process so that humanitarian aid can reach millions who have been affected and to prevent further loss of life.
- As the lead UN agency coordinating early recovery activities, UNDP is working with the Government of Nepal on supporting and strengthening the national recovery effort.
In the coming days, UNDP will start cash-for-work programmes, including debris removal, which will provide jobs and money to help survivors support their families.
- Local authorities are on the frontlines responding to the disaster, but their ability to deliver services has been severely hampered by the quake.
UNDP will support the Government, in strengthening systems and institutions, especially at the local level, to help affected people.
- In the weeks and months ahead attention will turn to longer-term recovery in Nepal. This is an opportunity to address risks and build back better to withstand future disasters in one of the most earthquake prone countries in the world.
UNDP will partner with the Government and other international actors to provide assistance in post-disaster needs assessments and recovery planning. UNDP will base its recovery efforts on long-established networks and capacities at district level, such as the Emergency Operations Centers and District Disaster Relief Centers.
- Weak infrastructure, violations of building codes, rapid urbanization and poverty were all factors that elevated vulnerabilities and put people at risk during this earthquake.
It is critical to ensure that future development, including rehabilitation and reconstruction, is risk-informed, sustainable and respects the building codes for safe construction developed with UNDP support.
The Nepal Risk Reduction Consortium, a coalition of organizations that includes UNDP, has been supporting the Government over the last six years in rebuilding better, including retrofitting buildings such as hospitals and schools.