Nepal | August 09, 2020

‘Fuel crisis delaying recovery efforts’

Himalayan News Service
Share Now:
People queuing up at Nepal Army's Ripumardini Petrol Pump at Bhadrakali to fill fuel in their vehicles on Thursday, September 24, 2015. Photo: Naresh Shrestha

People queuing up at Nepal Army’s Ripumardini Petrol Pump at Bhadrakali to fill fuel in their vehicles on Thursday, September 24, 2015. Photo: Naresh Shrestha

Kathmandu, October 25

Relief for around eight million people affected by the devastating earthquakes of April and May is still being disrupted by delays in reinstating the National Reconstruction Authority, says Oxfam.

The NRA has remained in limbo after the government legislation that originally created it lapsed almost two months ago. A supplementary bill to renew its legal mandate has yet to be passed by the Legislature-Parliament.

An ongoing fuel crisis is adding to the problems, the health and safety of thousands of people is at risk as winter approaches. More than 8,600 people were killed and half a million houses destroyed by the quakes.

Fuel supply has been constrained for more than a month, causing shortages that are preventing Oxfam and other aid agencies from reaching an estimated 81,000 families who need durable shelter and relief items such as blankets before sub-zero temperatures set in.

An estimated 850,000 homes were destroyed or badly damaged in the 7.6 magnitude earthquake six months ago and subsequent aftershocks. Tens of thousands of people are still living in basic shelters built from bamboo and corrugated metal, which are not fit for freezing winter conditions.

John Augsburger, Oxfam humanitarian programme director in Nepal, said, “The Government of Nepal must put recovery efforts back on track by immediately passing the bill that will reinstate the NRA. It must also urgently resolve the ongoing fuel crisis before it is too late for us to deliver winter supplies to affected communities.”

He added, “The fuel crisis is narrowing the window we have to reach communities before the cold winter sets in. Temperatures frequently drop below zero in mountainous Nepal and this is going to take its toll on earthquake survivors — particularly the elderly, pregnant women and children.”

A version of this article appears in print on October 26, 2015 of The Himalayan Times.

Follow The Himalayan Times on Twitter and Facebook

Recommended Stories:

More from The Himalayan Times:

Transitional Justice, court, justice, punishment, law

Judiciary: Public should maintain restraint on comments about court order/verdicts

We should not forget that it is the court that upholds justice, protect people's rights. Had the judiciary not been there, whatever the two powerful organs of the state — executive and legislature — wanted to happen, could happen. It is the judiciary that checks the excesses of the executive and Read More...

Coronavirus , vaccines, vaccines trails

Are we thinking about COVID-19 vaccines yet?

It is now clear that for Nepal, like every other country, vaccines are going to have a crucial role in getting rid of the COVID-19 pandemic. What are we doing to source a vaccine when it becomes available?  Many countries understand that every month’s delay in deploying vaccines for COVID-19 w Read More...

Ronaldo nets 2 but Juventus knocked out of Champions League by Lyon

TURIN, ITALY: A Portugal international celebrated ecstatically at the end of the Champions League match between Juventus and Lyon on Friday. But it wasn’t Cristiano Ronaldo, who could only trudge off the pitch dejected after Juventus was eliminated from the competition despite Read More...

Parsa's Narayani Hospital records 55 new infections today

BIRGUNJ: As many as 55 persons, including the mayor of Bahudarmai Municipality, Parsa, have contracted Covid-19 in the last 24 hours. The newly infected persons are within the age group of 20 to 74 years. Eight among the 55 infected are females. Laboratory at Narayani Hospital confirmed the ne Read More...

Brazil soccer's Serie A begins as COVID-19 deaths at 100,000

SAO PAULO: Brazil's main national soccer championship begins on Saturday after a three-month delay on the same day the South American nation is expected to reach the grim milestone of 100,000 deaths from COVID-19. Three matches will open the country's Serie A, in a big victory for President Jair Read More...

UN agencies scramble to help Beirut warehouse blast victims

GENEVA: The deadly warehouse blast in Beirut this week devastated Lebanon’s already faltering healthcare system and UN agencies are scrambling to support hundreds of thousands of people, officials said on Friday. The United Nations announced an additional $6 million in funding for its response Read More...

Six repatriation flights conducted

KATHMANDU, AUGUST 7 Under the government’s fourth phase of repatriation activity, six flights were conducted today. According to Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), 1,015 Nepalis were repatriated today. Of them, 154 were repatriated by Himalaya Airlines from Dammam and 261 passengers by N Read More...

PM calls for study on Ayodhyapuri

CHITWAN: Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has called for study and research on Ayodhyapuri. On a telephone conversation with the chairperson of Madi Municipality-9, where Ayodhyapuri is located, he assigned the work to be carried out in coordination with the Department of Archaeology, on Friday. W Read More...