UPDATE: Concerns Remain High Over Shortage of Basic Supplies, Millions Reportedly Affected
Drum Cussac has issued this latest warning for people traveling and living in the country of Nepal. This information is available to GeoBlue plan members from the GeoBlue website daily. Travel Safe!
Category: Natural Disasters
Severity: 4 (High)
Source: Drum Cussac
04/28/2015 (Nepal) – Media reports on Tuesday, 28 April, indicated that international aid had continued to arrive in Nepal to support the country’s ongoing search-and-rescue operations. However, many aid workers have indicated that there remained a shortage of medical equipment, food and body bags. Many affected villages outside the capital have also yet to be reached, despite major roads being cleared.
Journalists on Tuesday that approximately 60 per cent of Kathmandu had power supply restored. However, many parts of the city continue to experience service delivery disruptions. Widespread water and electricity disruptions are also reported in earthquake-affected rural areas in central and western Nepal.
There are also heightened fears of outbreaks of diseases at the crowded campsites set up for those affected by the tremor. Thus far, there have been no confirmed reports of looting, although thousands of people have lined up outside of petrol stations and supermarkets for basic staples.
The United Nations (UN) reported on Tuesday, 28 April, that a powerful earthquake in western-central Nepal over the weekend had affected at least eight million people, including 1.4 million in need of food aid. The Nepalese government also announced that the death toll had risen to 4,310 as of Tuesday. More than 8,000 people have also reportedly been injured. Officials warned that the casualty toll could rise sharply once rescue workers discovered the full extent of the devastation in areas outside of the capital, Kathmandu.
Those currently in Nepal should fully adhere to all government directives under the state of emergency. It should be noted that shelters or other safe locations are at full capacity, and individuals should consider seeking refuge at embassy compounds and related buildings, as many have offered to extend assistance. Clients in Nepal should be aware of the potential for aftershocks in the immediate-to short-term, which could cause further structural damage.
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