Developing logistics Response Capacity

Efficient logistics systems and infrastructure will play an important role to provide essential life-saving relief items and services in the aftermath a major disaster. There is a great need to strengthen Nepal’s logistics capacity and its response mechanism including the establishment of Humanitarian Staging Areas (HSAs), and access to the disaster areas from neighboring countries. It is also essential that warehouses across the country are constructed, upgraded or renovated and stocks are pre-positioned considering its accessibility and location near densely populated areas. Agencies like NRCS, UNICEF and WFP have pre-positioned some relief and rescue materials but scaling-up is needed to meet the necessary requirements. MoHA, as lead ministry in dealing with disaster mitigation and response, is working to create a country-wide network of storage facilities, with the establishment of regional hubs feeding into district-level warehouse centres.

Major infrastructure projects undertaken by the GoN with international support like the constructions or major roads, airports or water supply systems can contribute to better disaster preparedness within Kathmandu Valley and in other parts of the country if certain aspects of preparedness are included in the project design.

There is no doubt that logistics capacity needs to be strengthened and Flagship 2 is working closely with MoHA and partners to facilitate this process to improve the effectiveness of disaster response.