Disaster response is very challenging. Logistics hubs play a critical role in improving overall responsiveness and effectiveness of the humanitarian supply chain; determining their optimal location contributes to an effective supply chain. The April 2015 Nepal earthquake highlighted the importance of having in-country mobile logistics hubs, yet the process of determining their ideal sites has been based on a subjective decision process.

This research study undertaken by WFP Nepal in cooperation with researcher Rajali Maharjan (PHD, Tokyo Institute of Technology), aims to determine the best placements for Mobile logistics hubs (Mlhs) across the country by considering the disaster scenarios of earthquakes, landslides, and floods. This study employs the concepts of human development, disaster risk, and transportation accessibility to reflect Nepal’s socioeconomic, geo-climatic, and topographical features. The study uses an amalgamation of quantitative and qualitative approaches to determine an optimal solution for Nepal which has limited resources for investment in disaster preparedness.

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