Nepal - Earthquake update
(GDACS, ECHO, Media)
- After the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck central Nepal at 11.56 local time on 25 April, several aftershocks have been reported. The latest aftershock of 6.7 magnitude happened on 26 April at 7:09 UTC in the zone of Janakpur, east side of Kathmandu.
- According to media, casualty figures are nearly 2 000. Over half of these are in the Kathmandu Valley. It is anticipated that these figures will increase, especially as communications become restored and government officials and aid workers access the outlying affected areas. An estimated 6.2 million people live within 100 km of the epicentre.
- Damage to buildings is high in densely-populated areas of Kathmandu. In the Village Development Councils close to the epicentre, it is reported that up to 80% of houses have collapsed. It is feared that many people remain trapped inside collapsed buildings.
- On 26 April, ECHO has deployed two of its Regional Rapid Response Coordinators to Kathmandu, from its Regional Offices in New Delhi and Bangkok respectively. Eight European Member States have offered Civil Protection support, coordinated by the Emergency Response Coordination Centre. Support mainly includes Urban Search and Rescue teams, water purification and ICT support.
Yemen - Complex emergency
(ECHO, OCHA, UNICEF)
- Civilians are heavily affected by the conflict as over the weekend airstrikes and fighting continued in Hodeida, Sa’ada, Hajjah, Sana’a, Marib, Taiz, Aden and Shabwa. According to OHCHR, an estimated 551 civilians were killed between 26 March and 22 April and another 1 185 were injured. UNICEF reports that at least 115 children have been killed and 172 maimed between 26 March and 20 April.
- Civilian infrastructure also continues to be hit as result of the the conflict. UNICEF reports that at least 64 public buildings have been either partially or completely destroyed since the beginning of the crisis; 23 hospitals have been attacked, 30 schools damaged or occupied and up to 113 schools are being used as shelter by displaced families.
- According to OCHA, up to 220 000 people have been internally displaced and 12 million people are food insecure. Humanitarian assistance is continuing, but severely challenged by insecurity and lack of fuel. Water trucking is being provided to selected IDP locations in Aden, Abyan, Lahj, Hajjah and Hodeida although several caseloads could not be reached due to conflict.
- UNICEF has been able to transport emergency health supplies to several districts in Sa’ada and WFP provided emergency food assistance to 19 471 people, since 15 April. WFP is planning to provide food assistance to another 2.5 million conflict-affected people between May and July.
- On 25 April, the UN Secretary appointed Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed of Mauritania as new Special Envoy for Yemen.
Yemen - Regional crisis
- According to IOM, movements towards the Horn of Africa continue. A total of 8 344 people have arrived in Djibouti, 1 132 in Puntland and 787 in Somaliland, bringing the total number of arrivals to 10 263.