At 11:56 local time on 25 Apr a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal, with the epicenter in Lamjung District, 80 km north-west of Kathmandu. Aftershocks continue to occur, including a 6.7 magnitude earthquake on 26 Apr. Many people remain outside their houses in fear of further aftershocks. The Government reports more than 2,200 deaths, over 5,800 injuries. These figures are expected to increase as information becomes available.
2,200 people killed
5,800 people injured
NEW DELHI: Nepal and the impoverished Indian state of Bihar share a relationship of being united in grief and every natural disaster that strikes the small Himalayan country gives credence to a feeling that artificial boundaries cannot separate a deep link of seismic waves.
The death toll in India was revised to 62 on Sunday after the massive earthquake struck Nepal around Saturday noon. Fifty of them belonged to Bihar and 259 people were reported injured across the country. The death toll in neighbouring Nepal crossed 2,200.
Anticipated scope and scale
Given the shallow depth of the earthquake, aftershocks are expected to continue for some time. Aftershocks are expected to cause further damage and debilitate already weak infrastructure.
The number of casualties is expected to increase into the thousands.
Kathmandu Valley (population: 2.5 million) is a densely populated area; many people live in buildings that cannot withstand a significant seismic event. 6.6 million people live within the affected areas.
KEY EDITORIAL MESSAGE
Dear Readers and Member Agencies,
I would like to welcome to the 10th edition of Sphere India monthly newsletter, April Issue, 2015. I hope some of the articles/features in this issue will contribute to that seasonal glow of renewal and enrichment of humanitarian sector in India as to gather together and organize ideas that are worth sharing as a national coalition of humanitarian sector in India.
Hong Kong, China | AFP | Sunday 4/26/2015 - 04:27 GMT
by Jennifer O'MAHONY
Aid groups and governments worldwide intensified efforts Sunday to help earthquake-hit Nepal, but blocked roads, downed power lines and overcrowded hospitals posed formidable challenges in an already poor country.
As the death toll in the Himalayan nation surpassed 2,500, the US together with European and Asian nations sent emergency crews to reinforce those scrambling to find survivors in the devastated capital Kathmandu and in cut-off rural areas.
PM Narendra Modi deputes Union minister Rajiv Pratap Rudy to take stock of situation in Bihar & UP districts along Nepal border while Cabinet secretary holds Crisis management group meeting.
The meeting was attended by Union Ministers Arun Jaitley and Rajnath Singh, the National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, the Principal Secretary Nripendra Misra, the Additional Principal Secretary P.K. Mishra, and senior officials from the Government, IMD, and NDRF.
Snapshot 15–21 April 2015
Iraq Violence has displaced 14,000 families in and around Ramadi: 7,000 in Anbar; 5,000 in Baghdad, 2,000 on their way to Baghdad. Checkpoints and insecurity hamper IDP movement. UNICEF estimates 8.29 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance, up from 5.2 million in February.
- 161 Eradication of yaws in India
- 161 Éradication du pian en Inde
CDN $2.5 million investment package through partnership between Grand Challenges Canada and the 'Grand Challenges India' initiative of the Department Of Biotechnology, Government Of India
Snapshot 9–14 April 2015
Afghanistan: Security incidents have spiked in early April, after the announcement that more NATO troops would remain in the country than originally scheduled. NATO convoys were targeted in Nangarhar and Kabul on 10 April. On the same day, five NGO staff were found dead, having been abducted in Uruzgan province in early March.
Abu Dhabi, 7th April, 2015 (WAM) -- The Emirates Red Crescent's higher committee for foreign aid has allocated AED 24. 6 million for international relief operations with Iraqi Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and Syrian refugees in Iraq's Kurdistan region taking the lion's share of AED 18.1 million.
Maghreb & Middle East
Snapshot 1–8 April 2015
Iraq: Violence, looting and serious human rights violations were reported as Iraqi forces and affiliated groups recaptured Tikrit. There are numerous booby traps and tensions are reportedly rising between government forces and militias. Elsewhere, IDPs are returning: tens of thousands have gone home to Diyala, Ninewa and Al Alam in Salah al Din since February.
SAARC health ministers have pledged to eradicate Polio from then region. The fifth meeting of SAARC health Ministers was held in New Delhi on Wednesday which was chaired by Health Minister J P Nadda.
The ministers also expressed commitment to make region HIV AIDS free by the year 2030. Other issues like prevention of communicable and non-communicable diseases, and strengthening collaboration among the nations were also discussed during the meeting.
A. Situation Report
Rain returned to Kashmir after a 32-hour break today bringing back flood fears to haunt the people meanwhile the receding of water levels through the day in the Jhelum river has been a welcome sign.
The centre and state government, teams of Army and NDRF are keeping on their toes to deal with any contingency.
The metrological department has warned of heavy downpours in the next few hours and days till the 4th of April.
Snapshot 25–31 March 2015
Ukraine: Fears are growing of a new offensive in Mariupol, as non-government troops appear to be gathering nearby. A recent assessment has found that more than 1.6 million people need humanitarian assistance, nearly 1.1 million of whom are in non-government-controlled areas. 20–30% of IDPs are at risk of losing their status and benefits, due to a new mechanism to verify the addresses of IDPs.
2. Objective of the exercise: “Rights in Crisis Analysis”
by Ravi Wickremasinghe
Every minute of every day a child dies from an illness we know how prevent and treat – diarrhoea.
In the 21st century that just shouldn’t be happening. It’s high time we ended this appalling loss of life.
Today, in Delhi, Save the Children launched a ground-breaking partnership with our global partner RB (formerly Reckitt Benckiser) to help do exactly that.