Monday, October 24, 2016

DfID extends 1.5m pounds to WFP for post-quake works

The Department for International Development (DfID) – a United Kingdom’s government agency that looks into overseas aid – has extended 1.5 million pounds to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to support post-earthquake reconstruction works in Nepal.
The fund made available by the DfID will be used to rehabilitate six trails of 129-km and complete engineer assessments on a further six trails of 158-km in the areas that were most severely affected by the devastating earthquakes of April and May, 2015, according to a press statement issued today by the WFP.
The new trails will be built to withstand seasonal landslides as well as future earthquakes. The project will directly or indirectly benefit approximately 55,175 people living in the mountainous areas of Dhading, Gorkha, and Rasuwa.
“Nearly 18 months ago, the devastating earthquakes destroyed trails and roads in large swathes of rural Nepal, and the effects are still being felt today,” the statement quotes Pippa Bradford, WFP Nepal representative and country director, as saying. “WFP knows that access to trails helps communities reach markets and social services, and is inextricably linked to food security and economic development.”
Likewise, head of DfID Nepal Gail Marzetti, on the occasion said that investing in rural access, including with foot trails and bridges, is fundamental for the reconstruction effort in some of the most difficult to reach earthquake affected area.
WFP – the world’s largest humanitarian agency that fights hunger worldwide delivers food in emergencies and works with communities to build resilience – has been active in trail reconstruction across Nepal, most recently in its response to the 2015 earthquakes, when around 880-km of trails were either reopened or rehabilitated providing access for 130,000 people, the release added.

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