The Nepali government declared a state of emergency in areas affected by the devastating earthquake that struck on 25 April 2015. The most recent UN Resident Coordinator’s Situation Report states that 8.1 million people (more than a quarter of the population) are in need of humanitarian assistance, and over 16,000 people have been injured. An estimated 280,000 houses have been destroyed and 230,000 damaged.
According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)’s Financial Tracking Service (FTS), donors have so far committed/contributed US$120 million of humanitarian assistance to the crisis.
A UN flash appeal for Nepal was launched on 29 April, requesting US$415 million from donors (which was updated to US$423 on 7 May 2015) to respond to the crisis. According to the FTS, it is currently 6% funded at US$27.5 million, with a further US$92.3 million in contributions made outside of the appeal and US$314 million remaining in uncommitted pledges (as of 8 May 2015). Of the remaining pledges, only US$6.5 million are for the appeal.
The assistance picture is constantly changing, and reporting means that it is proving very hard to track all pledges and contributions. However, we hope that our document provides you with a useful overview of the current state of affairs to inform your work.
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