World Disaster Report launched

Significant progress in Nepal earthquake recovery operation

Kathmandu, 6 December 2016 - Since Nepal’s deadly 2015 earthquakes, the Red Cross Red Crescent has reached more than three million survivors with emergency aid and is now helping tens of thousands of people rebuild their homes and get back on their feet in various ways.

We are now making significant progress on shelter, which is the most urgent priority for many of the survivors. More than 5,000 families have already received the first tranche of Red Cross cash grants and many have started building their new houses,” said Dev Dhakhwa, Nepal Red Cross Society Secretary General.

But owner-driven rebuilding of permanent housing, with Red Cross financial and technical support is only one component of an integrated recovery programme being implemented in the 14-worst affected districts.

The various pieces of the jigsaw are now coming together and other concrete examples of what we’re doing include rebuilding and upgrading health posts and hospitals and dozens of schools, providing clean drinking water and proper toilets to quake-affected communities,” said Max Santner, Head of the International Federation of Red Cross Societies’ Nepal Country Office.

The Red Cross is also providing cash grants, seeds and tools to help people restore their livelihoods through farming or other ways.Ensuring that local Red Cross chapters are better prepared to face future disasters is a further important priority, with the NRCS network of community volunteers playing a vital role.

Helping communities to regain resilience is at the core of our work, so this gives extra relevance for us to the focus of this year’s World Disasters Report,” said NRCS Chairman Sanjiv Thapa.The 2016 edition of WDR, an annual publication of the IFRC, underlines the vital importance of investing urgently in resilience to protect the lives, livelihoods and dignity of the world's vulnerable people.

Recovery after the 7.8 magnitude earthquake and its aftershocks is now moving forward positively.

A crucial dimension of the process is ensuring maximum compliance with government guidelines on quake resistance to “build back safer.” The Red Cross is providing reconstruction cash grants according to disbursement criteria endorsed by the government of Nepal, with release of consecutive instalments contingent on government engineers’ approval.

The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement is supporting the Nepal Red Cross Recovery Framework, which is closely linked to the government of Nepal’s recovery priorities. This framework takes a community-focused approach, placing priority considerations on people’s needs and on the key recovery elements of safer shelter, health, hygiene and livelihoods.

Examples include:

•      5,678 families have received first tranche of cash grants to rebuild their homes

•     4,023 semi-skilled people trained and certified in masonry and/or carpentry

•     17,346 community members oriented on building back safer technique

•     24,048 people reached by hygiene promotion activities

•     740 newly constructed/rehabilitated sanitation facilities[1]

•     25 rehabilitated schemes/new constructed water sources, water and/or water points[2]

•     32 local health facilities and one hospital supported (rehabilitated, basic equipment and supplies)

•     2,969 Long Lasting Insecticide treated bed nets (LLIN) distributed to pregnant and lactating mothers

•     5,811 households reached with cash grants (for livelihood activities)

•     1,338 individuals engaged in temporary employment (cash for work)



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For more information, please contact:


Dibya Raj Poudel, Nepal Red Cross Society head of humanitarian values and communications department

Tel +977 1 4270650 Cell: +977 9851191968 or +977 9841699068, Skype: dibyarp


[1] Construction work of 740 sanitation facilities is in progress

[2] Completed: 15 (9 in early recovery phase, 6 in recovery phase) and work in progress: 10