Just days after a 7.8 magnitude earthquake, a deepening sanitation crisis and looming monsoons are threatening to deal fresh blows to the disaster-stricken nation.
The country's annual rainy season officially begins in June and typically lasts until September, bringing daily heavy downpours as well as the risk of floods and landslides, which are sure to hamper relief operations. The Ministry of Earth Science has already warned of thunderstorm activity during the next few days.
"With monsoon season coming, there are hundreds and thousands of people without permanent shelter, so finding shelter solutions over the next two months will be extremely important, especially in rural areas," warned Mark Smith, senior director of emergency affairs at World Vision, told CNBC.
Nepal is not unaccustomed to monsoon-related issues, but the government has failed to implement sufficient precautionary measures. Last August, torrential rain resulted in extreme flooding that killed over 100 people and displaced thousands.
"When the weather turns, communities will be at greater risk from landslides. As part of our first wave of response, we will focus on providing shelter materials like tarpaulins, blankets, and mosquito nets so displaced persons can at least have somewhere safe to sleep," Mattias Bryneson, country director of charity Plan Nepal, said in a statement on Monday.