In a press statement released on Monday 25 May, the UN agency said they are now preparing to get to the people in high-altitude villages. This second phase, known as Operation Mountain Express, will provide food for 200,000 more people in the coming days.
Remote areas are currently being reached by mountaineers on behalf of WFP and the wider humanitarian response to assess the needs of villagers. About 20,000 local porters will soon begin bringing aid to these communities. “This also gives employment to the porters who were out of work because of the drop in tourism,” said the WFP representative.
WFP’s logistics support for the entire humanitarian response includes a network of logistics hubs, a land supply route from India, a fleet of trucks, and helicopters to reach those areas inaccessible by road.
According to WFP, the dispatching of humanitarian goods have been efficient, thanks to the Humanitarian Staging Area (HSA) at Kathmandu Airport. This logistics hub, run by WFP and funded by the UK’s DFID, opened four weeks before the earthquake as part of a larger joint programme of disaster preparedness.