Nepal emergency response
It has been reported that more than 5,000 people have been killed and more than 10,000 injured by the earthquake.
UN OCHA states (Situation report as of 27th of April) that 8 million people have been affected by the earthquake in 39 districts. Food, water, shelter and medication are urgently needed. Over 1.4 million people are in need of food assistance. Also neighbouring countries India, Bangladesh and China (Tibet) reported fatalities. The death toll is expected to rise further.
It has been further reported that an estimated 2.8 million children have been affected, including at least 940,000 children who require immediate aid"
Tensions are rising after the earthquake in Nepal: "Anger and frustration were mounting steadily, with many Nepalis sleeping out in the open under makeshift tents for a fourth night since the country's worst quake in more than 80 years." (Alertnet).
The Global Disaster Alert Coordination System issued a RED earthquake alert for Nepal, meaning that this earthquake can have a high humanitarian impact based on the Magnitude and the affected population and their vulnerability.
Outlook: On Tuesday the Prime Minister of Nepal said that the death toll could reach 10,000. (Times of India)
The US National Earthquake Information Center triggered a red alert for shaking-related fatalities and economic losses. High casualties and extensive damage are probable and the disaster is likely widespread. Past red alerts have required a national or international response.
According to initial reports no SOS beneficiaries or staff have been harmed.
Initial reports from the SOS national director in Nepal indicate that no SOS children, mothers or co-workers have been harmed, and that damage to SOS infrastructure has been minimal.
SOS Emergency Response
COO office and Global Emergency Response sent out afunding appeal on the 25th of April. Supported by SOS Children’s Villages’ strong, longstanding presence in Nepal a SOS Emergency Response Project will be set up. Initial response activities have been started by SOS Nepal to support people and especially children in need. Please find more information in the news section below and in the latest e-comm updates