ACTED opened its mission in Nepal in 2015 in response to the massive earthquakes that hit the country that year. Within a matter of days, ACTED deployed a relief team and supported thousands of people. Today, our teams are mobilized in support of people affected by regular natural disasters, and respond to urgent needs, while contributing to the reconstruction effort and supporting income-generating activities for the communities.
Two massive earthquakes struck Nepal in April and May 2015, affecting 8 million Nepalese; more than 8,000 people lost their lives, tens of thousands were injured and 2.8 million were displaced. Children, women, the elderly and people with disabilities were particularly affected. Three years after the earthquake, many communities in remote villages have yet to fully recover from the disaster. Homes and historic temples collapsed, roads and communications were damaged and water supply systems in hillside villages were destroyed. As a result of the earthquakes and landslides that followed, terraced farms in the area were destroyed and farmers lost their livestock. Today, those communities face many challenges in recovering affected and lots livelihoods.
Nepal remains a country highly exposed to natural disasters. Monsoon seasons frequently threaten the country’s recovery, causing flooding and landslides. The summer 2017 floods led to the displacement of over 150,500 households and affected more than 336,000 people. These floods alone are estimated to have destroyed almost 65,000 houses, and to have devastated the population’s agriculture crops and at the same time their livelihoods.
Two days after the first earthquake in 2015, ACTED’s emergency team was deployed in Nepal. One month after, 110,000 people benefited from the humanitarian assistance provided by ACTED. Despite logistic difficulties related to the topography and isolation of affected areas, ACTED’s teams carried out daily humanitarian operations in the most isolated villages of Sindupalchok, Dolakha and Dhading, including food distributions (water, salt, oil, and nutritive biscuits) and shelter support (plastic covers and shelter kits).
Following the earthquakes, 6 months on, more than 81,000 households were still in dire need of emergency shelter and accommodation in rural Nepal during the harsh winter months. In response to these challenges, ACTED distributed winter shelter kits to the most vulnerable households, supported individuals through water and sanitation activities, and households through food security programmes to fulfil their basic needs.
ACTED Nepal continues to focus on rebuilding community life and is committed to making additional efforts to reach out to communities in the most hard-to-reach areas to ensure no one is left behind.