Fresh quakes pose problems in relief and recovery planning
CCF Nepal Quake Update #02 – Poor sanitation and hygiene due to lack of clean water has seen a sharp increase in dysentery cases. Further loss of fluid due to dysentery, exacerbates dehydration and loss of energy amongst the survivors, increasing their vulnerability to illnesses and diseases. Upper respiratory infection (URTI) cases are also on a rapid rise. Medical supplies including painkillers, antibiotics and anti-diarrhoea are urgently required.
Temporary shelters to replace tents and sanitation facilities will need to be urgently built with the impending monsoon just weeks from now. With fresh and fierce quakes, authorities and aid agencies are facing a mountainous challenge in coordinating relief and recovery efforts, given that the pockets of fresh and old devastation spread across wide areas of the country.
The initial ground evaluation was made by Singapore’s Corporate Citizen Foundation’s SEED (Swift Emergency Evaluation deployment) teams which spent 10 days in Nepal following the 7.8 magnitude earthquake on 25 April 2015 that has so far killed around 8,000 lives. The first SEED team arrived 2 days after the quake struck. A second team followed on 6 May 2015. Both teams have returned safely to Singapore, and preparing for the next course of assistance.
SEED’s main mission is to address areas of acute and critical needs; make early and accurate assessments of the ground situation, and disseminate the evaluated findings.
Following up on SEED’s assessments, the Corporate Citizen Foundation (CCF) joined hands with 3 Nepalese institutions from the various sectors – the Nepalese Armed Police Force, Rotary Club and hospitality group, Annapurna Hotel. The partnerships enabled CCF to provide emergency support items for search and rescue operations, provided access to clean drinking water and food distribution.