So far, about two-thirds of that sum has been made available, said a UN press release issued on Saturday, a day ahead of the anniversary of the devastating earthquake that shook the northern parts of the country in 2005.
There is also concern about access to people living in remote locations above 5,000 feet and along the lower valleys. United Nations air operations will be re-established in November for four critical winter months, which will allow some access to areas of concern, especially the
“One year later, the emergency, life-saving effort went better than we had feared, but transition to recovery is taking more time than we had hoped,” said Jan Egeland, United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator.
From the start, the government and the aid community have recognised that full scale reconstruction and recovery would take many years. While many people still do not have their homes rebuilt, basic services are being expanded, and most families have some form of temporary shelter. Only about 35,000 internally displaced persons remain in camps, and efforts to prepare for the upcoming winter are underway to upgrade and replace the tents there and to provide for several thousand families who may move down from the higher altitudes.
Source: The News