Over 8 million people have been affected by the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that hit Nepal on 25 April 2015. The United Nations Emergency Response Fund (CERF) was one of the first contributors to help humanitarian partners deliver urgent life-saving assistance to thousands of people left vulnerable by the devastation.
The United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos travelled to Nepal this week to survey the large-scale damage caused by the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck the country last Saturday, killing more than 6,000 people and destroying over 160,000 houses across the country, with numbers expected to rise.
The massive earthquake that struck Nepal on 25 April, causing a number of landslides and avalanches, has had devastating humanitarian consequences: more than 5,000 people have been killed and over 10,000 injured, with the numbers expected to rise as aid workers and search and rescue teams access remote areas closer to the epicentre of the earthquake.
United Nations humanitarian chief Valerie Amos approved US$15 million from the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to support immediate life-saving assistance in the aftermath of the powerful 7.8 magnitude earthquake that hit Nepal on 25 April 2015.
“Homes and buildings have collapsed and entire areas have been flattened. People need food, water, emergency shelter and healthcare,” said Ms. Amos. Thousands of families slept outdoors in makeshift tents for a third consecutive night as strong aftershocks continue to jolt the country.
CERF has allocated $2 million to underfunded emergency programmes in Nepal
In 2011, an estimated 35 million people benefited from CERF underfunded emergency allocations in 20 countries and territories.
Over $144 million was disbursed to 185 UN projects in countries with unmet needs.