Nepal earthquake Situation Report No. 6

The death toll from the 7.8 magnitude earthquake which struck Nepal on 25 April continues to increase as additional information becomes available from areas outside of Kathmandu. As of 29 April (11:00, UTC+5:45), the National Emergency Operations Center reported a total of 5,006 dead and 10,194 injured people (1,039 deaths in Kathmandu, 250 in Bhaktapur and 159 in Lalitpur districts).

A total of 3,673 houses were destroyed and 7,700 partially damaged by the earthquake. The number of damaged houses is expected to increase with earlier Government estimates indicating that there could be up to 530,000
damaged houses.

Debris, logistics and damage to communication infrastructure continue to hamper the relief operations. Search and rescue (SAR) is still limited outside of the Kathmandu Valley. Some villages can only be reached by foot with some areas taking up to four to five days to reach. Fuel to transport SAR teams is limited. There is a need to prioritize restoration of communications infrastructure, casualty management and basic relief in remote areas.

Local schools and organizations have started mobilizing buses to help earthquake victims to travel out of Kathmandu to Itahari in the east and Butwal in the west.

According to the Ministry of Home Affairs, 16,824 security personnel from the army and police are deployed for the rescue operations. As of 29 April, they are supported by a total of 54 international SAR and foreign medical teams (FTMs) with 1,719 personnel, according to the Reception and Departure Centre.

National and international rescue and relief efforts have expanded to nine districts (Sindhupalchowk, Kathmandu, Nuwakot, Dhading, Bhaktapur, Lalitpur, Kavrepalanchowk, Gorkha and Rasuwa).

Highlights

  • As of 29 April, 11:00 am, the Ministry of Home Affairs
    reported 5,006 deaths and 10,194 injured people.
  • It is estimated that 2.8 million Nepalese are displaced, as
    over 70,000 homes are believed to be destroyed and another
    530,000 homes damaged across the 39 affected districts.
  • A Flash Appeal was launched for US$415 million to
    support the provision of vital humanitarian relief for
    people affected by the Earthquake.
  • The Government of Nepal identified shelter, WASH,
    health and food as key priorities.
  • More than 3.5 million people are estimated to be in need
    of food assistance.
  • Humanitarian partners have started the distribution of
    shelter kits, hygiene kits and dispatched 80 metric tons
    of emergency items including tents, blankets, health kits
    and telecommunication equipment.

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