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Updates UNHCR’s Assistance in Hilly Districts of Eastern Nepal

A family in Sindhuli district in Nepal now has roof over their head. We are reaching out to the families to provide shelter in the rural areas whose houses have been destroyed from the earthquake.

 

Bangkok, Thailand 4th May 2015 (UNHCR), On the 25th of April, a devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit Nepal. Thousands of Nepalese have fled from their homes and hundreds of buildings have collapsed. The death toll is over 7,000 and counting. Today, UNHCR has already emptied our warehouse in Damak and provided 11,000 plastic sheets, and 4,000 solar lanterns.

UNHCR hopes that these solar lamps can bring some light in the affected areas and help to charge mobile phones for urgent communication between families. Currently, UNHCR is the only agency working in the three hard-hit districts in Eastern Nepal which are Sindhuli, Okhaldhunga, and Ramehhap. 

These districts have been experiencing additional damage from aftershocks in the country and some of the roads are blocked by landslides which make the aid reliefs delivery more challenging. Most people are living with difficulty with no electricity and sleeping in open areas.

UNHCR has sent plastic sheets which will provide shelters for earthquake victims whose homes have been destroyed or who are too afraid of aftershocks to return home. For electricity shortage, the solar lamps will provide some light in the affected areas and to charge mobile phones at a time when families need to communicate urgently. 

UNHCR staffs and Nepalis help install temporary shelter for survivors by using plastic sheets ©UNHCR
UNHCR staffs and Nepalis help install temporary shelter for survivors by using plastic sheets ©UNHCR
Earthquake survivor and temporary shelter to prevent her from rain and sunlight ©UNHCR
Earthquake survivor and temporary shelter to prevent her from rain and sunlight ©UNHCR
Survivor family and their temporary shelter made by UNHCR plastic sheets ©UNHCR
Survivor family and their temporary shelter made by UNHCR plastic sheets ©UNHCR