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UN lauds Nepal govt on World Humanitarian Day

Himalayan News Service
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Kathmandu, August 18

On the occasion of World Humanitarian Day, the aid community in Nepal hailed the contributions made by good-willed individuals and communities to saving lives as well as alleviating suffering in the aftermath of the April 25 earthquake and subsequent aftershocks.

The response launched by Nepal Government in the aftermath of the disaster witnessed significant support from the international and humanitarian communities, as well as the private sector. Scores of volunteers remained at the forefront of rescue and relief operations, read a press statement issued today by UN Information System Nepal.

“Our achievements would not have been possible without the leadership of Nepal Government and commitment from the people of Nepal,” said Jamie McGoldrick, Humanitarian Coordinator in Nepal, adding, “I am truly heartened by the solidarity and compassion showcased by Nepalis during the time of disaster. It proved that humanity can transcend social and economic barriers.”

More than 340,000 families who lost their homes in the disaster were provided with emergency shelter, while 170,000 households received materials to improve their damaged dwellings.

Food assistance was delivered to over two million people while as many continue to benefit from sustained water and sanitation support. Basic medical services have been re-established in 99.8 per cent of community healthcare centres.

However, the support has not been enough. Thousands of survivors still require basic shelter, food, clean water, sanitation, and protection. The monsoon season has been adding to the complexity of the situation by aggravating logistical challenges and further exposing the affected to cold as well as damp weather conditions.

“Providing assistance to survivors is our collective responsibility. Addressing the existing humanitarian needs and providing amicable environment for communities to lead the recovery as well as reconstruction efforts is key to preventing any future loss of life,” said McGoldrick.

A version of this article appears in print on August 19, 2015 of The Himalayan Times.

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