With eighty to ninety percent of towns and villages destroyed in many of these remote areas, concern continues to rise for survivors who have yet to receive any form of humanitarian assistance.
“GOAL is now moving essential provisions such as emergency relief kits, shelter materials and hygiene kits into these areas as rapidly as possible,” said GOAL’s Emergency Co-ordinator, Darren Hanniffy.
“These villages are extremely difficult to access and spread across a vast geographical landscape so logistics and distribution will be our biggest challenge. We are drawing on the assets of GOAL’s operation in India to circumnavigate the log-jam in Kathmandu by bringing supplies over the border from India and into these areas.
“We need to reach these people as quickly as possible. While the situation in Kathmandu remains extremely serious, people there are currently being reached with aid; the same cannot be said for those stranded in outlying villages.”
The death toll in Nepal now stands at more than 5,000, while more than 10,000 people have been injured. There are warnings that the number of deaths could rise to 10,000 once rescue teams reach remote regions.
The UN estimates that as many as eight million of Nepal’s 28 million people have had their lives disrupted by the earthquake.