Nepal: Emergency Assistance to Earthquake Survivors - AAR Japan Continues the Delivery of Goods to the Mountain Region of Tasarpu Village

The emergency response team of AAR Japan has been operating on site since April 29th to assist victims of the earthquake, which hit Nepal on April 25th. The team distributed emergency relief goods in the mountainous area of Tasarpu Village, Dhading District; specifically in the 1st, 5th and 7th wards of the village on May 9th, and in the 3rd, 6th and 9th wards on May 11th.

Emergency relief goods distributed on May 11th were as follows:
Site of distribution: The 3rd, 6th and 9th wards, Tasarpu Village, Dhading District
Target households: 473 households
Distributed items:
[Food]: Rice for two weeks, dahl beans, salt, cooking oil, and spices (masala and turmeric)
[Household utensils]: Buckets, two mosquito nets, one floor mat

Villagers gather together at the distribution site. (Tasarpu Village, Dhading District, May 11th, 2015)
Long-awaited rice bags finally reach the village by truck. They will soon be distributed to the victims. (Tasarpu Village, Dhading District, May 11th, 2015)
Ms. Kamal Tamang (third from the left) felt the earth shake while she was working in the field. Immediately after the earthquake, she ran home to look for her children. Her children had escaped from their home as it collapsed. Since the quake, Ms. Tamang and her family have been sleeping outside in the field, with only mats to lie on. As she received the relief supplies, Ms. Tamang said, “We got so many mosquito bites when sleeping outside. We are very appreciative of the mosquito nets AAR Japan provided.”  On the left: Noriyasu OKAYAMA of AAR Japan. (Tasarpu Village, Dhading District, May 11th, 2015)
The assistance goods are passed out to each victim. Food is scarce in the disaster-stricken areas, and people are very glad to receive anything at all.  On the right: Natsuki MATSUMOTO of AAR Japan. (Tasarpu Village, Dhading District, May 11th, 2015)

Survivors take refuge outside after a strong aftershock

Nepal was hit by an aftershock of magnitude 7.3 on May 12th, while the AAR Japan Emergency Response Team was preparing for their third distribution in Tasarpu Village.  A number of houses collapsed and many are dead or injured.  A large tremor was also felt in Dhading District where AAR Japan operates. Fortunately, the team members were unharmed. In Kathmandu, those who had previously fled to take refuge in temporary tents had been gradually returning home. However, another aftershock on the 12th made them return to the camp once again in fear of another earthquake. Many came to the barely opened shops to buy floor mats. AAR Japan will continue emergency assistance activities while paying its utmost attention to safety. 

Immediately after the aftershock, houses collapsed in a cloud of dirt (Dhading District, May 12th, 2015)
The aftershock forced many people to return to the tentsKathmandu, May 12th, 2015)

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Natsuki MATSUMOTO, AAR Japan Tokyo Headquarters MATSUMOTO has been in charge of public relations at AAR Japan Tokyo Headquarters since April, 2012. While studying at graduate school, she worked at an international organization as an intern. (profile as of the date of the article)
Japanese-English translation by Mr. Yukio Kiuchi
English editing by Ms. Rameena Rahman 

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