Jajarkot Earthquake : Quad-Day Situation Report (17-20 Dec)


This report provides a comprehensive overview of the aftermath of the Jajarkot earthquake and the subsequent response efforts. It details how the earthquake has affected various aspects of life, including market dynamics, education, housing, and relief efforts. 
Rapid market survey revealed that while supply chains from major cities like Nepalgunj, Dhangadhi, and Surkhet remained intact. The price of CGI sheets decreased due to oversupply, and other materials like sand and aggregates maintained stable prices. Local businesses experienced varying impacts, with some seeing reduced sales due to relief distributions. There was a significant increase in the price of bamboo, used for constructing temporary shelters, due to heightened demand. The cost of labor has also risen by about 20%. The report highlights concerns about unequal relief distribution, particularly in remote areas like Barekot Rural Municipality. These regions, while suffering extensive damage, have received less attention compared to more accessible areas. The construction of temporary shelters is lagging, exacerbating the challenges faced by the local population. In a devastating road traffic accident in Aathbishkot Municipality, five people lost their lives and nine were injured when a tractor carrying materials CGI sheet for shelter construction overturned. This incident highlights the need for safer transportation methods in rural areas.
The government has allocated substantial funds for temporary shelter construction. Significant amounts have been distributed to different municipalities and rural municipalities, with various stages of progress in constructing temporary shelters and verifying beneficiaries. The earthquake damaged many school buildings, leading to the establishment of temporary learning centers. However, these centers face challenges, including inadequate facilities to protect students from cold weather. The report includes stories like that of Sete Pun, who, with the help of volunteers, built a temporary shelter using recovered materials and CGI sheets. This illustrates the resilience and community essence in the face of adversity.
In a nutshell, the report reflects on the complexities of post-disaster recovery, highlighting areas where progress has been made and where further attention is needed. It calls attention to the importance of equitable relief distribution, safe transportation in rural areas, and the need for continued support in rebuilding efforts.


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