Asian Development Bank (ADB) has provided US$ 3 million to the government to address the immediate needs including delivery of rescue and relief goods and materials to districts affected by the earthquake.
The fund is also meant for improving sanitation in the relief camps in urban areas where many Nepalis are affected by the earthquake, and ADB statement said on Wednesday.
An agreement to this effect was signed between Finance Secretary Suman Sharma and ADB’s resident mission in Nepal Kenichi Yokoyama on Wednesday.
Issuing a press statement, Yokoyama said, “The funds must be urgently used to address the most immediate needs including the delivery of rescue and relief goods and materials to the shattered remote rural communities in the worst affected districts, and for improving sanitation in the relief camps in urban areas where many Nepalis are spending night after night.”
He further added: “Sanitation conditions in these camps are extremely alarming, posing high risk of outbreaks of infectious diseases.”
The fund can be used to meet immediate humanitarian needs following disasters, such as for tents, medical assistance, food, and drinking water. This will be followed by up to $200 million in additional resources for projects in the first phase of rehabilitation in the country, according to the statement.
ADB has also set up a Nepal Earthquake Response Team that will, along with UN agencies and other development partners, assess the damage and recovery needs for reconstruction and rehabilitation. Based on this assessment, and in addition to the up to $200 million of new resources, ADB will consider reallocating existing resources, the statement added.