Nepal earthquake

Extensive support for rehabilitation and recovery in Nepal

Treatment of injured and sick people in a shed in the Nuwakot District in Nepal

13.05.2015 |

Berlin – The German Development Ministry is going to set up a substantial support programme to assist Nepal in its reconstruction efforts following the recent earthquakes. The focus will be on infrastructure rehabilitation and restoring energy supply and health services.

"We are scaling up our support to Nepal, to assist the country with the difficult task of reconstruction", says German Development Minister Gerd Müller. "Our implementing organisations GIZ and KfW have many experts on the ground; GIZ alone has 50 international experts and 160 local staff in the field. Germany is currently providing food, blankets, tents, tarpaulins and tools in the affected regions. The next step will be to set up an extensive reconstruction programme. Support here will involve measures ranging from ensuring drinking water supply to building health centres and distributing seeds. A team of engineers is currently working with Nepalese experts in the country to draw up a plan for earthquake-proof reconstruction."

The German Development Ministry is making 30 million euros available for the reconstruction programme. The funds will be used to rebuild infrastructure, including homes and other buildings, drinking water supply, wastewater systems and road infrastructure.

The energy supply has been adversely impacted by the earthquake; for instance, the central load dispatch centre in Kathmandu has been damaged; it is to be rebuilt with German support. Hydropower plants, transmission lines and substations damaged by the earthquake are to be repaired. Germany has been engaged in the health sector in Nepal for many years and already has an established team in place. Apart from rebuilding hospitals in the worst-hit districts and smaller health posts especially in remote areas, Germany also intends to help with procuring medical equipment and supplies. In addition to food aid, seeds and fertilisers will be provided in order to help people meet their own needs.

The UN estimates that more than eight million people in Nepal were affected by the impact of the first severe earthquake two weeks ago. More than 290,000 houses have been destroyed, the infrastructure has broken down in large parts of the country – many people have been left homeless. And still, there is no respite for the Himalayan country. Just yesterday, another strong earthquake struck the region.

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