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The challenge to provide humanitarian support in mountainous Dhading district, Nepal

Since the earthquakes in Nepal, ACTED has been supporting the population of the Dhading district, located some 80 km north-west from Kathmandu and close to the epicenter of the first earthquake.

In Lapagonda village, after the disaster, households and schools sustained significant damage, food stocks and non-food items were destroyed, and mountain paths between villages were swept away by landslides. Much of the village was only accessible by helicopter. In the days following the earthquakes, ACTED delivered emergency supplies by helicopter from Kathmandu. In total, since April 2015, ACTED distributed nearly 6,000 tarpaulins and over 1,500 shelter kits.

This area is very mountainous and extremely cold from October to March, making ACTED’s intervention even more essential. The teams in the field distributed winterized clothes and items to keep the population warm through the harsh winter season. They also provided shelters and trained masons to build back in a safer manner and provide vulnerable households with much needed short term revenue. Over the last year, almost 4,000 people benefitted from cash for work activities and over 58,000 of food security support.

ACTED is also taking action in the camps hosting displaced people in the district, to enhance the coordination and information management within the sites and with external actors.