In the last month two large earthquakes and more than 100 aftershocks have devastated Nepal. Thousands of survivors are now without homes — and with the monsoon season around the corner — Oxfam’s top priority is to deliver shelter and emergency aid as soon as possible.
For many of the smaller, remote communities in Nepal, aid has been difficult to deliver. Entire villages in the hard-hit Gorkha district have been cut-off by landslides, making road access impossible. But thanks to the mountain guides and porters now assisting Oxfam, aid is making it’s way through.
On Sunday 17 May the first team of porters and mountain guides trekked for four hours from Barpak — the epicentre of the first earthquake — to reach the tiny village of Laprak. They were carrying tarpaulins and hygiene kits — the equivalent of almost 2.5 tonnes of aid.
Orla Murphy is leading the Oxfam Nepal earthquake response and said the people of Nepal need immediate relief and support for their long term recovery.
“With Nepal expected to receive 80% of its annual rainfall over the three-month monsoon period, the top priority for Oxfam is to make sure people have safe shelter. We have also distributed rice seeds to farmers who need to plant a new crop before the rains start. Two out of three people in Nepal rely on small scale farming for a living. If we don’t act quickly, they risk losing next year’s crop too…
“We need to keep providing immediate emergency relief to people, and at the same time start supporting them towards long term recovery; people need to be able to start rebuilding their lives”.
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