Relief Support for Earthquake Victims in Kathmandu Valley:
In the aftermath of devastating earthquake of 12th of Baishak 2072 BS (25th of April, 2015), our country faced the huge loss of human life and physical properties. There was the heavy shock of earthquake of magnitude of 7.6, which has its’ epicenter at Barpak of Gorkha District. Due to adverse effect of devastating earthquake of Saturday afternoon, the most parts of country faced from this terrible natural disaster. Immediately, there were the signs of miserable situation in different nook and corners of the city and countryside and remote villages too.
Till the date (6 May, 2015, more than 7652 innocent people are already died and more than 16390 people are seriously / partially injured and still missing 266 persons. Fully damaged houses are 191909 and partially damaged houses are 174092, till the date (source: Gov. of Nepal Authority). All over the country, fourteen districts are the most affected districts and more than one and half dozen are also affected by the devastating earthquake. The more devastatingly affected districts are namely Sindhupalchowk, Kavrepalanchowk, Gorkha, Dhading Nuwakot Dolakha and Ramechhap District. In Kathmandu Valley, all three districts are also adversely affected. The death tolls in these three districts are about 2 thousand and more than 3 thousands are severely injured.
As one of the pioneer organisations in disaster risk management sector for last 20 years of experience, FSCN team has deployed to have immediate action for relief works. In this connection, FSCN had decided to go in a rush movement for immediate action and relief supports for the victims of three districts within Kathmandu Valley. For the immediate rescue and relief works 40 FSCN volunteers are deployed, and they are regularly working for the entire course. We have consequently decided to launch the relief supports program in Lalitpur and Bhaktapur District. For the entire process, we were in contact with different INGOs and organizations which are working in disaster management sector. Besides, Dan Church Aid was rushing towards launching relief supports program for earthquake victims with any national NGO of Nepal, and FSCN would be in touch with Dan Church Aid officials. Consequently, with the partnership of Dan Church Aid, Denmark we have very immediately started the relief supports program for the victims of earthquake. In the first step of relief supports program, we had distributed relief materials (food items for 15 days as per WFP norms) for 200 families of victim of earthquake at Jharuwarashi village of Lalitpur District. In the relief distribution program, Chairperson Surya Bahadur Thapa, Mr. Erik Johnson, the representative of Dan Church AID from Denmark, and Nepal office representative were all actively involved in the distribution program. Key media persons coming from Denmark on behalf of Dan Church AID were also present in the distribution program.
In the main time, Hon’ble Ambassador of Denmark, Ms Kirsten Geelan had distributed relief materials for an earthquake victim family of Dalchoki village, which is about 2 hours ruff-road drive from Lagankhel, Lalitpur, is the remote village in the southern part of Lalitpur. In addition, Hon’ble Ambassador also inspected the temporary camp at Nekoshera community and she initiated the common feeding for the victims of earthquake of Nekoshera community of Madhyapur Thimi Municipality of Bhaktapur too. During the inspection visit about the condition of earthquake victims of Nekoshera community, Chairman of Nepal Peasant and Labour Party Mr. Narayan Man Bijukche was also present and he also interacted with the family members of victims too.
Till the date of distribution of relief materials for the families of earthquake victims of Lalitpur and Bhaktapur district, 1200 families of different village and communities of Lalitpur and 600 families of different village and communities of Bhaktapur district are directly benefitted from the immediate relief supports program, launch by FSCN in co-operation and financial supports of Dan Church Aid, Denmark. The food items include as following: rice -30 kg. : Lintel- 2 kg.; cooking oil- 1 litre; sugar-1 kg; salt-1 Kg; and Pulses-1 Kg.
In the main time, one of the organizations working in the sector of disaster management, Jewish Lifeline Worldwide, UK had supported for distributing relief materials for 325 families of the earthquake victims of Aalapot village of Kathmandu, which is about one hour drive from FCSN office in the north-east direction of Kathmandu. In the relief distribution program, Senior Program Manager of Jewish Lifeline Worldwide, Josh Simons and Executive Member of FSCN, Manohar Karki and other volunteers of FSCN were present.
In the entire first phase of relief materials distribution program, all together 3000 families of earthquake victims will be directed benefitted from this program. The process of relief materials distribution will be continued in the days to come in co-partnership with different like-minded organizations.
FSCN is planning to launch second phase of program, which comprising livelihood supports, WASH, low-cost housing and psycho-socio counseling for the victims of earthquake. In this phase too, we are in the course of dialogue for mutual co-operation with donor partners.
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Name of the Account:- Friends Service Council Nepal
A/C Number:- 00600301060022
Swift Code:- HIMANPKA
Name of Bank:- Himalayan Bank Limited,
Address of Bank:- Pulchowk, Patan , Lalitpur,