Jajarkot Earthquake : Quad-Day Situation Report (15-18 Nov)


This report highlights the significant impact of the recent earthquake in the Jajarkot and Rukum West, detailing the extensive damage to housing and the subsequent challenges in relief distribution. A total of 26,557 houses have been completely destroyed, and 35,455 have been partially damaged. This devastation necessitates the distribution of at least 62,012 tarpaulins for temporary shelter. However, the report notes a shortfall in relief efforts, as only 41,256 tarpaulins have been distributed, leaving more than 20,000 households without this essential aid. The ongoing rain, snow, and aftershocks exacerbate the situation, rendering even partially damaged houses unusable.

The report also highlights on the broader consequences of the earthquake. Locals have been started to construct temporary shelters using available materials, reflecting the urgency and desperation of the situation. The growing cold has worsened health conditions, particularly among vulnerable groups such as children, the elderly, and those with chronic diseases. Tragically, this has already resulted in fatalities. The government and various organizations have initiated some relief measures, like cash relief distribution to affected families and medical treatment services by health teams, but these efforts are still falling short of the extensive needs of the affected communities.

Further, the report identifies significant administrative and logistical challenges in managing the crisis. There has been a temporary hold on relief material distribution in some areas due to incomplete data on damaged households. The need for detailed assessments and adherence to guidelines for resource mobilization and distribution is emphasized to ensure effective and equitable relief efforts. Despite the introduction of new grant procedures and other support measures, the scale of the disaster and the immediate needs of thousands of families highlight the need for a comprehensive response to address the housing, health, and welfare challenges in the aftermath of the earthquake.


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