Nepal Update: June 2015

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  • The death toll from the disaster has been revised to 8,659 deaths with 384 people still missing.
  • Over 500,000 houses have been destroyed and 269,000 damaged.
  • Some 95,100 people remain displaced. 374 sites continue to host people who are unable to return home.
  • Due to continuing aftershocks, many are still afraid to return to their homes and remain in makeshift tents.
  • Approximately 1 million children were unable to return to school when it reopened at the end of May. Over 30,000 classrooms are destroyed and 15,350 damaged.

 Statistics from UNOCHA Flash Appeal Revised Report, 29th of May

UPDATE OF ACCI RELIEF RESPONSE

EMERGENCIES HUMANITARIAN RELIEF

Ps Ashok Adhikari and his team continue to facilitate the distribution of food, water, tents, blankets and other basic supplies to families in need.  For example, a group of people displaced from their rural village were living in a remote forest without food or other supplies. These families, especially their children, were becoming increasingly malnourished. Ps Ashok and his team were able to purchase sacks of rice and distribute it to these families who previously had not been assisted due to the remote area where they are living.

Planning has also begun to develop a strategy to assist families during the rebuilding and recovery stage of the disaster response. Assisting families rebuild their houses and providing children with the supplies they need to return to school have been identified as key areas were assistance is required. Planning and support is currently taking place to ensure this stage of the response is developed effectively.

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CHILD PROTECTION, REUNIFICATION AND ANTI-TRAFFICKING AWARENESS

Awareness raising, data collection and the running of child friendly spaces (CFS) continue to operate to prevent child trafficking and family separation. Child friendly spaces provide children with a safe space were they participate in programs which offer a mix of fun, learning, awareness raising and psychological support. It also greatly decreases the risk of trafficking as these children have a safe space to be during the day. This is especially important as so many children are unable to return to school.  Teams have identified where the risk of trafficking and the need for child friendly spaces is high and over 11 CFS have or will be established over the coming weeks.

Another way the project is fighting child trafficking is by stationing volunteers at Police check posts to monitor vehicles carrying children. If children are found travelling without their parents or without official paperwork, then the volunteers assist the police determine why. Currently 237 children have been reported as unaccounted for and there are concerns that these children have been trafficked. However none of these children have been trafficked through check posts with NGN volunteers. Because this strategy has been so successful, more volunteers will be placed at check posts to further decrease the number of children being trafficked.

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MEDICAL CARE

Medical care continues to be provided to hundreds of people through the running of medical camps. 20 earthquake injury screening camps have already been conducted in 7 badly affected districts. More than 2100 patients have been assisted with 40 patients being referred to Anandaban Hospital.

Anandaban Hospital continues to treat patients needing medical care such as surgeries, prosthesis, rehabilitation and physiotherapy. Plans are also being developed to repair the damage at the hospital and upgrade their facilities in order for it to be better equipped as a trauma centre to assist in future disasters.

Support and supplies such as tents and tarpaulins have also begun to be provided to those living in transitional shelters with priority given to those affected by leprosy. Support will also be provided to these families as they begin to rebuild their houses to ensure they are built correctly. 

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