Nepal, SET, Emergency Response Earthquake

Project completed

An earthquake of the magnitude of 7.8 hit Nepal and neighbouring countries in the early daylight hours of 25th April 2015. The result was substantial infrastructural damage across 30 out of 75 Nepali districts and a casualty toll rising to 1’900 death by the 26the April 2015. Swiss Humanitarian Aid has taken the decision to deploy an interdisciplinary team consisting of expertise in WASH, medical response, shelter/structural engineering and logistics in order to support local and international actors in their efforts to respond to the emergency.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Nepal
Humanitarian Assistance & DRR
Material relief assistance
25.04.2015 - 31.12.2015
CHF 3'000'000
Background

An earthquake of the magnitude of 7.8 hit Nepal and neighbouring countries in the early daylight hours of 25th April 2015. The result has been substantial infrastructural damage across 30 out of 75 Nepali districts and a casualty toll rising to 1’900 death by the 26the April 2015.

In face of the devastating impact, the Nepali authorities issued an appeal for international assistance.

Objectives

Contribution to an effective emergency response to the benefit of Nepali populations effected by the earthquake and support to national and local authorities as well as other humanitarian actors in their efforts to overcome the crisis. Focus areas will foreseeably consist of shelter, potable water and medical assistance.

Target groups

Populations in areas where infrastructural damage is particularly evident, i.e. Central Highlands and Kathmandu Valley

Medium-term outcomes
  • Assessment of the most urgent humanitarian needs, foreseeably in the sectors shelter, water and medicine.
  • Evaluation of options which make a concrete contribution to effective emergency response and early recovery, be these direct actions or contributions to multilateral organisations, NGOs or secondments
  • Identification and commencement of emergency response in areas hit by infrastructural damage
  • Support to the Swiss Embassy in Kathmandu
  • Evaluation and planning of a continuation or expansion of the actions beyond the SET-deployment.
Results

Results from previous phases:  

Swiss Humanitarian Aid has been in talks with the Swiss Embassy in Nepal to support DRR mainstreaming.


Directorate/federal office responsible SDC
Credit area Humanitarian aid
Project partners Contract partner
  • Other international or foreign NGO North
  • Schweizerisches Arbeiterhilfswerk


Other partners

Ad hoc arrangements with organisations engaged  in emergency response, early recovery and rehabilitation

Coordination with other projects and actors

Coordination with Embassy, Helvetas, OCHA UN (incl. WASH, Health, Shelter Clusters), ICRC, Nepali and Swiss Red Cross and national disaster response mechanisms

Budget Current phase Swiss budget CHF   3'000'000 Swiss disbursement to date CHF   2'730'879
Project phases Phase 2 01.10.2015 - 31.03.2018   (Completed)

Phase 1 25.04.2015 - 31.12.2015   (Completed)