U.N., Partners Launch $415M Appeal For Nepal Earthquake Aid; Thousands In Need Of Food, Water As Help Begins Reaching Remote Areas

International Business Times: Nepal Earthquake 2015: Relief Workers Aim To Stave Off Cholera, Other Diseases, Amid Camps And Poor Sanitation
“…As rescuers in the country focus their efforts on pressing needs like food and water, and medical emergencies like crushed bones, they are also trying to stave off another potential crisis: cholera. The disease is endemic to Nepal, and aid workers say that clean water and sanitation are crucial in preventing an outbreak in the aftermath of the magnitude-7.8 earthquake that hit Saturday…” (Whitman, 4/29).

U.N. News Centre: U.N. and partners launch $415 million appeal to aid quake-stricken Nepal
“The United Nations [Wednesday] launched a $415 million emergency appeal to provide vital relief to people affected by the devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck the densely populated Kathmandu Valley in Nepal on Saturday, killing at least 5,000, injuring at least 10,000 more…” (4/29).

USA TODAY: In tent city in Kathmandu, people scavenge for food and water
“…The first supplies of food aid began reaching some remote, earthquake-shattered mountain villages in Nepal on Wednesday, but the recovery is slow. Basic supplies are growing scarce. In this camp in the nation’s capital, no one has received any food or water since the quake…” (Schreiber, 4/29).

Wall Street Journal: Nepal Earthquake Response Challenges Logistics Experts
“… ‘Logistically, this particular disaster — because of the geography and the mountainous terrain and poor roads — is probably the most difficult response I have ever had to implement,’ said Alex Marianelli, senior logistics officer for Asia at the United Nations World Food Programme and one of the directors of the effort that is bringing medicine, food, and other supplies to the battered, impoverished nation…” (Page, 4/29).

WHO: WHO coordinating the health response to Nepal earthquake; working to prevent spread of disease
“Amid ongoing search and rescue operations being carried out in Nepal after Saturday’s devastating earthquake, WHO has taken leadership in coordinating medical relief for affected communities. According to Dr. Roderico Ofrin, WHO’s emergency health response manager, the organization is working closely with Nepal’s government to ensure that medical aid is delivered effectively…” (4/29).

Yahoo! Health: 6 Health Challenges Nepal Earthquake Survivors Now Face
“… ‘For a country with around 27 million people to suddenly need to have the capacity to respond to a surge of 50,000 or 60,000 people needing urgent care, it’s simply overwhelming,’ [Gerard Finnigan, regional health adviser for Asia-Pacific at World Vision,] tells Yahoo Health. ‘All organizations need to work in close collaboration with the local ministry of health and the health system to understand how we can best support them’…” (Birch, 4/28).

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