7.8-Magnitude Earthquake Devastates Nepal

April 25, 2015
Photo by Crystal Wells

Concern Worldwide launches an emergency response to help thousands in need.

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Concern Worldwide has deployed a team to Nepal after a 7.8-magnitude earthquake hit near the capital of the Himalayan country. The death toll is already over 7,500 and is expected to rise as many people are feared trapped under the rubble of collapsed buildings.

Latest Updates on Concern’s Response

  • We are currently aiming to distribute shelter and hygiene supplies to 14,000 households in four of the ten worst hit districts in Nepal.
  • We are focusing on reaching vulnerable and isolated communities that are yet to receive assistance and our top priority will be to give people shelter as well as hygiene items, blankets, water purification tablets, and other relief items.
  • Concern is linking with two former partners in Nepal, Rural Reconstruction Nepal  and Nepal Water for Health, to carry out the distributions in Sindulpalchowk, Dolakha, Ramecchap, and Gorkha districts.

The Situation on the Ground: Quick Facts

  • The earthquake’s epicenter was about 48 miles northwest of Kathmandu, the capital, and 42 miles east of Pokhara. The most affected districts are Gorkha and Lamjung in the Western Region.
  • Over 7,500 people are known to have died and more than 14,000 injured.
  • An estimated 8 million people in 39 districts have been affected; two million of them live in the severely affected districts.
  • In some areas near the epicenter, estimates suggest that as much as 80 percent of the shelters have been destroyed or severely damaged
  • Priority needs include shelter, water, food, and medication. Some 1.4 million people need food assistance.
  • UNICEF warns that 1.7 million children are in need of urgent aid and warn of waterborne and infectious diseases.

Humanitarian Needs

The earthquake is the worst that Nepal has seen in more than 80 years. It hit just before noon on Saturday, April 25th, and was followed by a series of aftershocks, including one that was 6.6 in magnitude. Most of the known dead and injured are in the valley surrounding the capital Kathmandu. Tremors were felt in India, Bangladesh, and other parts of the region and triggered an avalanche on Mount Everest.

In Kathmandu and surrounding areas, the earthquake has resulted in widespread damage and destruction of buildings, many of which have collapsed. The earthquake also damaged roads and other public infrastructure.

“While the true scale of the disaster is yet to be known, the earthquake has likely left thousands of people homeless with few resources to meet their most basic needs, as the number injured and killed is expected to rise,” says Dominic MacSorley, CEO of Concern Worldwide. “Our team will be assessing the greatest needs throughout the affected areas and will be prepared to respond as needed to critical and lifesaving interventions.”

Concern’s History in Nepal

Concern Worldwide worked in Nepal from 2006 to 2010, focusing on livelihoods, water and sanitation, and nutrition and we are currently working with our former partner organizations on the ground as well as our Alliance 2015 partners in country. Concern has been a first responder in a number of earthquakes in the region and globally, including the 2005 Pakistan earthquake and the 2010 Haiti earthquake.
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