Namlo Situation Report 1

Namlo Situation Report – April 28, 2015

Namlo coordinator Basanta Baral in front of destroyed home in Sabhung

Namlo coordinator Basanta Baral in front of destroyed home in Sabhung

Since the earthquake of 25 April, 2015 and as of 28 April, the government reports 4,358 deaths and 8,174 injured. 8 million are affected by the disaster.

Namlo team members, including board members and staff, are all accounted for. One staff member in Sindhupalchowk district lost her home, but is still working to assess the conditions in that district, one of the hardest hit with over 1,300 dead. We have one person in Sindhupalchowk, 1 assigned to that district but in Kathmandu in mourning due to the loss of one relative. In Kathmandu, we have two people in our headquarters office, and in Tanahu we have 2 people currently assessing the situation, with one permanently stationed in Pokhara.

Initial reports from Sabhung, Tanahu District indicate the following:

The EWB water system is intact, providing drinking water to 200 households
the schools appear to be intact

The women’s cooperative center has developed a crack somewhere, but its unknown whether or not this affects the integrity of the center

13 families representing 100 people lost their homes and are immediate need of basic assistance including tents, cooking utensils, hygiene supplies, food rations and blankets
Namlo is organizing a delivery of relief supplies to take place in the coming week. This will cost $35,000. A reconstruction phase for the Sabhung community will cost $90,000.

In Sindhupalchowk, over 95% of homes have either been seriously damaged or destroyed. Mankha Village Development Committee has 9 wards with about 900 households in each ward. is spotty at best, but Hiramaya Tamang reports that in ward 1 of Mankha VDC in Sindhupalchowk, 80 homes are damaged, 6 people killed and 3 people injured. In Ward seven, 112 homes have been damaged/destroyed. The old school buildings in Mankha have been destroyed. The new school building under construction with funding from Developing Hands seems to be in good condition.

Children look at what is left of their home

Children look at what is left of their home

Namlo Nepal is coordinating with the principal of Mankha the collection of data about basic conditions, and Hiramaya Tamang is also collecting data. This information is crucial in planning emergency relief efforts

Namlo Nepal will organize an initial relief vehicle to travel as far as possible to Dhuskun and Mankha and deliver basic supplies as part of a field assessment. Until today, it was impossible to proceed down the road very far. The cost of this initial trip is probably around $1,000 including as many tents, blankets, and other supplies as one vehicle can carry.

The Namlo country coordinator will be reaching out to USAID, UNDP, and Hellen Keller International to learn about coordination meetings and offer expertise and services as Namlo has been operating in Sindhupalchowk since 1999 and has extensive community ties, contacts and operations in that district.