The recent Nepal earthquake in April 2015 killed more than 8,800 people and injured more than 23,000. It occurred on 25 April, with a 7.8 magnitude and was the worst natural disaster to strike Nepal since 1934. Overnight hundreds of thousands of people were made homeless with entire villages flattened across many districts of the country. A major aftershock occurred on 12 May 2015 with a magnitude of 7.3. More than 200 people were killed and more than 2,500 were injured by this aftershock. UMR had a team on the ground within 48 hours of the earthquake.
As the fighting in Yemen flares up, the nation is on the brink of a humanitarian disaster. More than 100,000 people have fled their homes. The death toll continues to rise daily, with at least 500 dead and 1,700 wounded just in the past two weeks. Already the most impoverished nation in the Middle East, Yemen, with a population of 24 million, is also one of the most water-scarce countries in the world. According to the United Nations, the continuing conflict has increasingly “disrupted water supplies in areas of southern Yemen…with sewage overflowing in some areas, raising the risk of disease.”
Gaza Emergency Appeal
The escalation of violence last summer caused the humanitarian situation in Gaza to reach crisis point. Hundreds of thousands of people were forced to flee their homes. They were in desperate need of food, water, shelter and medical care. Over 200,000 people urgently needed food aid; 1.5 million people had no or very limited access to water or sanitation; and over 65,000 people were made homeless after their houses were severely damaged or destroyed.
Syria Emergency Appeal
The protracted Syrian conflict has had a devastating impact on Syria and has left more than nine million people in need of urgent aid. In many parts of the country water supplies have been cut, food is in short supply and the health system has effectively collapsed. Labeled the worst humanitarian disasters since World War Two, 1.2 million houses have been damaged, 6.5 million people have been displaced inside Syria, and a further 2.5 million people have now fled to the neighboring countries of Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and Iraq.