Monsoons rains week away –
race against time to provide families with shelter
Phil Carroll 267.992.6356 (M)
Fairfield, Conn. (May 13, 2015) —
take years for some children affected by two deadly earthquakes in Nepal to
emotionally recover from the disasters, fears Save the Children as aid agencies
work around the clock to prepare communities for the upcoming monsoon season.
the Children is extremely concerned about the emotional wellbeing of children
affected by these two earthquakes, and the fear and distress they will feeling
after having their lives ripped out from beneath them,” Save the Children
Country Director Delilah Borja said.
second quake in particular has created a new level of terrifying uncertainty as
those affected must now ask themselves if another deadly earthquake is coming.
are opting to sleep in tents, makeshift shelters or out in the open once again
rather than at home, either because their homes have been damaged or destroyed
or because they are afraid of more aftershocks or another quake. In Kathmandu
there are tents and tarps seemingly pitched everywhere. The golf course has
become a tent city.”
The Government of Nepal is reporting that at least 65
people have died and nearly 2,000 have been injured following second quake,
just two weeks after a magnitude 7.8 earthquake killed over 8,000 people.
agencies like Save the Children are racing against time to reach the most
vulnerable families ahead of the monsoon season, which is due to start within
four to six weeks.
of thousands of people could still be homeless when the monsoon rains start,
which has the potential to cause a new humanitarian crisis as the risk of
disease and illness increases,” Ms Borja said.
the Children is urgently working to distribute temporary shelter, food and
water to those worst affected by the earthquakes, even via helicopter and
donkey, and has already reached over 76,000 people. We need to be able to use
morehelicopters, especially in remote
areas, to support our relief effort.”
Save the Children has
been working in Nepal since 1976, focusing on education, especially early
childhood development and primary education, as well as basic health, including
maternal child health and HIV and AIDS prevention and care. The aid agency runs
programs in 63 districts of Nepal.
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