With a rising death toll of 8,500, over half a million destructed homes and almost a million people internally displaced; the magnitude of the devastation caused by the intense tremor in Nepal is difficult to comprehend. Even till today, people are in desperate need of humanitarian assistance as they struggle to absorb the shock and rebuild their lives.
Once the disaster has struck, the first and foremost response required is the emergency relief in the form of essential life saving services for efficient recovery. This includes provision of temporary shelter, food, water and sanitation to support the victims of the catastrophe. These emergency facilities are important to give support to sustainable development services which deals with more long term intricate issues.
In the beginning of June, Muslim Aid distributed ready to eat food packs, 20 litres of water bottles to 150 households in Bhaktapur and 2000 food parcels as well as 4000 tarpaulins in the Sindhupalchowk district. According to the need assessment in many devastated areas of Nepal, Muslim Aid will principally focus on the provision of shelter kits among others.
In the coming weeks Muslim Aid will be providing 290 shelter kits support consisting of corrugated iron sheets, nails, shovel, pliers and claw hammers. The distribution of the kits is aimed at reducing the potential impact of the monsoon season. The Charity will distribute an additional 1000 food parcels and 1000 tarpaulins to 4000 individuals in the Sindhupalchowk district.
The Muslim Aid Humanitarian Programme Officer, Ebou Jammeh, who visited Nepal after the earthquake said: “International aid agencies are collaborating with local partners to provide the much needed help for an early recovery of affected Nepalese in such a crucial time.’’ He emphasised that need is greatest in the shelter sector particularly in the severely affected areas of Sindhupalchowk.
Muslim Aid will continue to provide humanitarian assistance to the people of Nepal especially during the fast approaching monsoon season which has always been a tough time of year for them. The Charity urges its donors and supporters to contribute towards its Nepal emergency campaign to respond to the immediate needs of affected people.