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The earthquake in western Nepal has killed 153 people, and the United Nations has launched a multi-agency emergency response

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The earthquake in western Nepal has killed 153 people, and the United Nations has launched a multi-agency emergency response

In Nepal's Rugumsi district, a boy's home was devastated by an earthquake and turned into rubble.

A magnitude 6.4 earthquake that struck the country's Gurnali province on the night of November 3 has killed 153 people and injured 338, according to figures released by the Nepalese government after the completion of the search and rescue operation. The UN Country Team in Nepal said that despite the remoteness of the affected areas and the difficulty of access, UN agencies and their humanitarian partners have provided assistance to nearly 3,000 families.

Following a strong earthquake that struck on the night of the 3rd, Nepal was hit by another 5.6 magnitude earthquake on Monday. UN Secretary-General António Guterres issued a statement through his spokesperson expressing deep sorrow over the loss of life and property caused by the earthquake.

Guterres, who recently visited Nepal, said that the hospitality and spirit of the people of the country are still fresh in mind. He expressed solidarity with the Government and people of Nepal and expressed his sincere condolences to the families of the victims, while wishing the injured a speedy recovery.

Preliminary assessment: about 1.3 million people affected

It is reported that this is the strongest earthquake to hit Nepal since the 7.8 magnitude earthquake in 2015. An initial rapid assessment launched by the government on November 5 revealed that more than 4,000 houses were damaged in the worst-hit areas. Remote damage assessments, based on secondary data and seismic risk models, preliminarily identified that about 1.3 million people may have been affected by the earthquake and that nearly 250,000 people could be in need of humanitarian assistance within 72 hours of the earthquake.

Hanaa Singer, UN Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator in Nepal, noted that more than 382 aftershocks have been reported in the affected areas over the past few days, forcing people to spend the night in open spaces or makeshift shelters, forcing them to endure the cold at night.

Singh said that the UN presence in the field, in cooperation with the government and local authorities, quickly launched a coordinated and integrated emergency response, providing temporary shelter, food and non-food items to nearly 3,000 families.

Food and health needs

The World Food Programme (WFP) has quickly dispatched six tonnes of ready-to-eat emergency food to the affected areas, providing food for about 7,500 people for three days. For its part, the World Health Organization (WHO) has deployed two basic inter-agency emergency health kits to support local and national authorities in Nepal in responding to the health needs of affected populations.

As of the morning of the 5th, UNICEF had distributed 1,067 sets of tarpaulins and 1,300 blankets to the affected people. To avoid outbreaks, UNICEF is also providing sanitation facilities and temporary latrines to displaced people in the two most affected districts.

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) deployed medical supplies and other items for women and girls to ensure that their basic sanitation, menstrual hygiene and sexual and reproductive health needs were met during the disaster. UN Women is also stepping up to provide essential supplies to women and children and is supporting community feeding centres in partnership with women's groups.

The earthquake in western Nepal has killed 153 people, and the United Nations has launched a multi-agency emergency response

UNICEF/Smriti Kamar

A 6.4-magnitude earthquake struck western Nepal on 3 November, causing severe damage to homes.

Emergency action support

In addition, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) has deployed manpower to support the Gallali Provincial Emergency Operations Centre in information management and plans to distribute temporary shelter and non-food items to displaced persons.

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is committed to providing resources for early recovery and is preparing to use drones to assess earthquake damage, while deploying structural engineers and volunteers to conduct specific assessments of damaged homes.

The earthquake in western Nepal has killed 153 people, and the United Nations has launched a multi-agency emergency response
The earthquake in western Nepal has killed 153 people, and the United Nations has launched a multi-agency emergency response

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