[Press Release] IOM Releases Revised Appeal As Emergency Begins To Shift into Recovery Mode in Nepal

12 June 2015


Nepal - As the emergency phase begins to shift into recovery in Nepal, IOM released a third revised appeal yesterday. The new revised appeal covers activities between April and September 2015 and is in line with the revised OCHA Flash Appeal and IOM’s recovery and reconstruction strategy.

Nepal cash for work 2 0IOM has supported the removal of over 10,500 cubic meters of rubble and in the process generated employment for local communities. © IOM/Eunjin Jeong 2015

Following the second revised appeal on 8 May, the third revised appeal has taken into account the impact of the second earthquake which took place on 12 May and the anticipated impact of the monsoon season, as well as the initial winterization requirement. According to the new appeal, Shelter, CCCM, debris removal, assisted discharge and referral, psycho-social support and protection remains IOM’s priorities for the coming months.

“Given the upcoming monsoon season, it is important that more governments and private donors support IOM’s priority activities that we are rapidly scaling up” said Monica Goracci, Chief of IOM Donor Relations Division.

“There are 2.8 million people in need of humanitarian assistance and 785,075 houses have been either destroyed or damaged,” she continued, emphasizing the urgency of meeting the needs of the earthquake affected villages, which will be further impacted by the Monsoon rains.”

Currently, only a third of the total required amount of USD 39.7 M from the revised appeal has been funded.

From the onset of the earthquake in Nepal which killed over 8,763 people and injured more than 100,000 people, IOM has been active in the country by responded immediately, using in-country staff (400 members) and rapidly deploying an emergency response team from neighbouring countries, its Regional Office, and Headquarters.

IOM now has an established presence in Sindupalchok (Chautara Municipality) and Gorkha districts, and is setting up a third hub in Dolhaka district (Charikot Municipality). Up to now, IOM has assisted 40,000 families with shelter items, removed 10,500 m³ of debris in Chautara under Cash-for-work programme, and benefitted almost 260 highly vulnerable patients with assisted-discharge programme to home, shelters, and step-down facilities. It also helped IOM to roll out the Displacement Tracking Matrix in 14 districts, feeding the humanitarian community with key information on displacement and needs.

The summary of IOM’s achievements in earthquake response as of 5 June can be found here.

  1. Camp Coordination and Camp Management (CCCM): As CCCM Cluster co-lead, IOM has deployed its Displacement Tracking Matrix across all 14 worst-hit districts, monitoring mobility dynamics and assessing humanitarian needs; supported site management and improvement of existing sites; and identified 18 potential new temporary displacement sites in support of the Government’s monsoon season contingency planning.
  2. Shelter and Non-Food Items (NFIs): IOM has delivered shelter and NFI items to over 40,000 vulnerable families across 11 districts directly and through partners. Up to 60,000 more will receive items currently in the pipeline over the coming weeks.
  3. Early Recovery: As Rubble-Removal Working Group lead, IOM has supported the removal and management of over 10,500 cubic meters of rubble, promoting safety and generating employment in local communities.
  4. Health: IOM has established assisted discharge and referral systems to decongest hospitals and assist step-down care facilities, so far providing healthy return options for 256 injured and vulnerable patients.
  5. Protection: IOM has identified 200 displaced women and girls with urgent protection needs as targets for immediate assistance and durable solutions, and is engaging in the sensitization of IDPs on the risks of trafficking in persons.
  6. Logistics: IOM has reinforced its presence at Kathmandu Airport (acting as consignee for relief items arriving from USAID, DFID and EU member states) and has established an efficient logistics pipeline reaching 11 districts. 

IOM also is looking at innovative ways to link the many different facets of recovery by connecting debris removal, housing reconstruction and livelihood restoration, while incorporating build back safer and environmental considerations into its programming.

Throughout the earthquake response process, IOM has been committed to the principles of accountability to affected populations and ensured that they are part of decision-making processes and regularly receive information and available services.

The IOM Revised Appeal can be found here: http://bit.ly/1FX8glK

For further information please contact IOM Nepal: Maurizio Busatti, Tel. +977 98010 04510, Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Eunjin Jeong, Tel: +977 980 100 53 22, Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Joe Lowry at IOM’s Asia-Pacific Office in Bangkok, Tel. +668187 08081, Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

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