Urban search-and-rescue (USAR) specialists on the USAID Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) complete operations and depart Nepal. Three shipments containing 1,840 rolls of USAID/OFDA-procured plastic sheeting arrive in Nepal’s capital city of Kathmandu.
The GoN reports additional damaged and destroyed houses due to the April 25 earthquake and May 12 aftershock. USAID/OFDA airlifts 1,820 additional rolls of plastic sheeting into Nepal. Relief agencies continue to assess earthquake-affected areas and evaluate response priorities and strategies.
Search-and-rescue operations resume following the magnitude 7.3 aftershock that struck Nepal’s Dolakha District on May 12. USAID Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) urban search-and-rescue (USAR) personnel rescue a 41-year-old woman in Dolakha’s Singati village. Preliminary reports from the GoN indicate that the May 12 aftershock affected 32 of Nepal’s 75 districts and resulted in at least 65 deaths and more than 1,900 injuries.
In coordination with the GoN, national and international relief actors continue response and early recovery efforts in Nepal. International donors have contributed more than $139.3 million—including $42.3 million toward the $423 million flash appeal for Nepal—for humanitarian activities in response to the April 25 earthquake.
After more than 10 days, relief actors have now reached all 39 affected districts in Nepal and are beginning to refine priority humanitarian needs, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). Relief actors caution that a more robust response is urgently needed to mitigate the impact of the upcoming monsoon rains on earthquake-affected communities. To date, the U.S. Government (USG) has provided more than $29 million in humanitarian assistance for Nepal.
Last updated: May 22, 2015