Housing Situation Update, 14 August 2015

August 15, 2015 by  
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The monsoon season has led to the expected increase in landslides, particularly across the northern areas of Dolakha, Dhading, Gorkha, Rasuwa, and Sindhupalchok, causing casualties, displacement, and disrupted road access and aid delivery. Government-led and spontaneous evacuations continued throughout July, although many communities reportedly refused to leave due to concerns with the safety of temporary relocation sites and fears of losing their livelihoods. Based on historical data, the high frequency of landslides is expected to continue for at least one more month.

The need for winterisation planning is a growing concern. About 150,000 people reside in areas where the average January temperature is 5 degrees C or below. Shelter support, particularly for CGI and debris clearance, remains a high priority for affected populations. In addition, more durable shelter solutions are required, particularly since the post-monsoon season offers a limited window for reconstruction and preparedness before winter.

Delayed transition from the emergency phase to recovery
The transition from the relief phase towards recovery and development is frequently challenging due to the difference in actors, coordination structures, modalities, and availability of funding. While the emergency response, as outlined by the revised Flash Appeal, is expected to continue through September, there is an urgent need to begin planning for transition and longer-term recovery, particularly in the shelter and Non Food Item (NFI) sector, in preparation for winter. In addition, it will be critical that longer-term recovery efforts are underway to address residual humanitarian needs as humanitarian actors and resources decrease.

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