KATHMANDU - Heavy rains and the coming monsoon season in Nepal are bringing greatly increased dangers of landslides and the spread of disease, with risks even more pronounced after yesterday’s second major earthquake forced many thousands more back out of their homes and onto the streets of Nepal, according to the NGO Plan International which is working on aid distribution in Nepal.
The latest earthquake, which followed the destructive earthquake of April 25, has again forced thousands of people out onto the streets – either too scared to return to their homes or now without homes at all. Plan staff report that say many more houses and buildings have been badly damaged or destroyed.
“We have already seen heavy rain in recent days, and torrential, daily downpours will be here within weeks,” said Mattias Bryneson, Country Director of Plan Nepal. “After yesterday’s earthquake, people are now sleeping outdoors – they are too afraid to return home, or they no longer have a home to return to.”
“Families with babies and young children are left out in the wet and the cold. People are still in shock and trying to come to terms with what has happened to them, and when the weather turns, these communities will be at greater risk from landslides and the spread of diseases,” he said.
Plan has delivered more than 10,000 essential tarpaulins and ropes for temporary shelter to communities in some of the worst affected areas of Nepal, including Sindhupalchowk, Dolakha, and Makwanpur.
“The international aid effort has been getting through to communities across Nepal, but we have a lot more to do. In addition to meeting people’s immediate urgent needs, we are committed to helping rebuild communities over the long term,” said Bryneson. “We need the continued support of the international community and donors to make sure the children and communities get the resources they need to get through this monsoon season, and rebuild.”
Plan has launched an international appeal to help fund the distribution of aid and relief supplies: Donate to the appeal.
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About Plan Nepal
Plan has worked in Nepal since 1978, helping poor children to access their rights to health, education, economic security and protection. In the hundreds of communities that we work with, there are difficulties accessing adequate health care and sanitation. The communities are often impoverished, which can leave them vulnerable. Plan has active programming and works with children and communities throughout earthquake-affected areas, and has field office in Makwanpur and Balung, close to the epicenter.
About Plan International USA
Plan International USA is part of the Plan International Federation, a global organization that works side by side with communities in 50 developing countries to end the cycle of poverty for children and their families. Plan works at the community level to develop customized solutions and ensure long-term sustainability. Our solutions are designed up-front to be owned by communities for generations to come and range from clean water and health care programs to education projects and child protection initiatives. For more information, please visit www.PlanUSA.org.