Nepal Earthquake Aftermath

The districts of Dhading and Rasuwa, where DFE and its partner WCN operate, were some of the districts that were worst hit by the earthquake in April. A recent assessment of villages Laharepauwa, Gatlang, Chaatredeurali and Jiwanpur has shown that many efforts are still needed to get these communities back on their feet.

Housing and infrastructure

Almost all houses in the villages were destroyed during the earthquake and most families now live in makeshift shelters made of tin sheeting. WCN have provided tin roof sheets to several villages in order for them to be able to build temporary shelters.

Most of the major roads are in decent conditions while many smaller roads have suffered, making access to some villages impossible without a four wheel drive vehicle. These villages usually rely on farming, but harvest and grain storage were destroyed during the earthquake. Many only have food supplies for a few weeks. It is essential that farming assistance and market access is re-established in these communities. WCN's Earthquake Relief Fund has managed to provide basic food and essential materials to more than 750 households in the two districts.

Health and education facilities

Health facilities along with education facilities were also badly damaged. All schools in the two district have been declared unsuitable for teaching due to the risk of collapse. Until the schools can be restored, WCN has been helping with building temporary schools. Two temporary schools made out of bamboo and tin roofs in Dadhing are now operational and WCN is building four more schools, one of which is being built with funds provided by Skovdyrkerne. WCN has also managed to establish two temporary medical camps in Laharepauwa and Chaatredeurali, providing medical assistance to the village and neighboring villages.

Oncoming monsoon

Although progress is made, there is still a long way. Urgent action is required in these areas, as the monsoon is arriving. Heavy rainfall will block road access and could destroy temporary shelters. WCN continue their efforts in re-establishing these communities and ensuring that efforts are long-term and sustainable, making communities more resilient to future earthquakes. 

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