Nepal earthquakes aid: U.N. says only 14% met, miles to go

Published on : Sunday, May 17, 2015

NepalEarthquake2_AFPAccording to United Nations agency, while Nepal struggles with the aftermath of two massive earthquakes, more than 8,000 people killed, only a fraction of the aid that the country needs has been committed by the international community.


Until now, only 14% of the humanitarian aid sought by the United Nations for the relief effort in Nepal has been met. The international community needs to do more, the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said.


According to Nepal’s Home Ministry, the death toll from Tuesday’s major earthquake — the second in Nepal in less than three weeks — climbed Friday to 117. Some 500,000 to 600,000 families have lost their homes in the two earthquakes. Shelter is the minimum for the people to get on with their lives.


Rescue and relief teams continued to try to reach isolated areas near the epicenter of Tuesday’s magnitude-7.3 quake. Dozens of people have been pulled alive from rubble, officials said.


Nepal’s Home Ministry said Friday that as the grim rescue and recovery efforts continue, the total number of fatalities in Nepal had climbed 8,460 since the first magnitude-7.8 earthquake struck on April 25. A total of 6,271 people are still receiving treatment for their injuries, 1,700 of them after Tuesday’s quake.


This week’s quake brought buildings damaged by the earlier disaster crashing to the ground and released a new surge of panic among shell-shocked Nepalis.


In Kathmandu, where temples and apartment buildings collapsed in April, the new quake caused more damage to more structures and sent many terrified residents flooding into the streets. People opted to sleep outside rather than risk more tremors from continuing aftershocks. Others, their homes destroyed, had no choice.

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