A massive 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck 77 kilometres (48 miles) northwest of Nepal's capital Kathmandu at 0611 GMT on 25 Apr 2015, toppling office blocks and towers and killing thousands of people. More than two dozen people were also reported killed in neighbouring India, China and Bangladesh. (AFP, 25 Apr 2015)
On 29 Apr, the Flash Appeal for the Response to the Nepal Earthquake Apr - Jul 2015, was launched, requesting US$415 million.
On 12 May, a new earthquake measuring 7.3 magnitude struck Nepal at 12:50 local time (UTC +5:45). The epicentre was southeast of Kodari (Sindhupalchowk District), 76 km northeast of Kathmandu - an area already affected by the 25 Apr quake. (OCHA, 12 May 2015)
A revision of the Flash Appeal was launched on 29 May, requesting $422 million for life-saving and protection activities and support resilience of 2.8 million people for five months.
On 25 Jun, the Government of Nepal convened the Int'l Conference on Nepal's Reconstruction, which was informed by the Post-Disaster Needs Assessment. Donors pledge around $4.4bn in aid (AFP, 25 Jun 2015).
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Sustaining Independent Media in Times of Conflict
In a year where the greatest influx of refugees seen by Europe since World War II dominated headlines and pressured government aid budgets, I have been asked on several occasions why support to media development in conflict zones, humanitarian disasters and countries in the midst of democratic transition should be a priority.
CERF RELEASES ITS 2015 ANNUAL REPORT
In 2015, CERF allocated nearly US$470 million in humanitarian assistance for helping front line partners on the ground kick-start or reinforces emergency activities in 45 countries. CERF raised $409 million with the support from 59 member states.
Experiences in 3 case study areas in Viet Nam, Nepal, and the Philippines indicate that there is an opportunity to leverage existing incentive and/or investment programs to encourage investment in disaster risk reduction.
The rapid growth of urban areas has often resulted in the siting of poorly designed infrastructure and assets in hazard-prone areas, increasing disaster risk.
Nepal - In April and May 2015, Nepal suffered from two devastating earthquakes, killing over 8,000 people, destroying private homes and public infrastructure and causing 2.8 million people to be displaced.
In fear of further earthquakes, landslides and collapsing buildings, over 117,000 people sought refuge in displacement sites in 14 of the worst affected districts across the country.
FAO conducted the End of Project Performance Appraisal (EPPA) for its Earthquake Emergency Response Programme in Nepal after 13 months since its inception in May 2015. Local government partners – District Agriculture Development Office (DADO) and District Livestock Service Office (DLSO), as well as FAO’s local implementing partners – participated in a one-day workshop to share the outputs, challenges and lesson learned from the emergency programme.
Alistair D. B. Cook, Maxim Shrestha and Zin Bo Htet
Policy Brief THE 2015 NEPAL EARTHQUAKE:
IMPLICATIONS FOR FUTURE INTERNATIONAL RELIEF EFFORTS
by Gopal Sharma | Thomson Reuters Foundation
Wednesday, 22 June 2016 00:01 GMT
KATHMANDU, June 22 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Rani Maya Shrestha was working on a neighbour's potato farm when the first of Nepal's two massive earthquakes struck last year. She rushed home to find her husband buried in the ruins of their house northeast of the capital Kathmandu.
Read the story on the Thomson Reuters Foundation
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY AND RECOMMENDATIONS
Between the civil war and the earthquakes, the situation has worsened
Nepal hosts a majority of refugees from Bhutan and Tibet. In the early 1990s, more than 108,000 refugees from Bhutan – approximately 20% of Bhutan's population arrived in Nepal and started living in camps run by the United Nations’ refugee agency (UNHCR). Currently more than 21,000 refugees are originating from Bhutan, 20,000 from Tibet and approximately 650 refugees and asylum seeker in Kathmandu. UNHCR is the lead humanitarian organization for the refugees in Nepal.
Uma Silwal, 18, lives in a village called Godawari, high above the city in the Kathmandu Valley. “We used to have a farm house which had been in our family for four generations," she explains about her life before the deadly earthquake struck on April 25, 2015. "My mother worked at home and my father retired after a career in the fire service. We lived a quiet life.”
On Saturday 25 April 2015, an earthquake measuring 7.8 on the Richter scale was recorded in Nepal, 80 km to the NorthWest of Kathmandu. In addition to thousands of smaller earthquakes, a second major earthquake measuring 7.3 magnitude was recorded 76 km northeast of Kathmandu on Tuesday 12 May 2015.
According to the Government of Nepal, close to 9,000 fatalities resulted from the earthquake, over 600,000 houses were destroyed and more than 284,000 were damaged.
- 8 million people affected (30 percent of the population)
- USD 28.6 million in losses to the agriculture sector
- USD 10.1 million in losses to livestock
- USD 17.8 million still needed for FAO-led long-term recovery activities
Agile, resilient and sustainable supply chains for children
Improving accessibility, bridging financial gaps, generating savings and strengthening supply chains with governments
or 70 years, securing the health and wellbeing of children around the world has been at the heart of everything UNICEF says and does.
Heifer International is one of six development organizations featured in the Hilton Prize Coalition documentary, “On Shifting Ground.” The film highlights disaster relief efforts following the devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck Nepal in April 2015. The earthquake and aftershocks killed more than 8,000 people and injured nearly 21,000.
KATHMANDU – The European Union (EU) and United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) have today handed over a crucial food security monitoring system to the Government of Nepal.
The Nepal Food Security Monitoring System, or NeKSAP, was established in 2009 with the aim of collecting and analysing food security information to help authorities take action to prevent human suffering due to food insecurity.
When wars and natural disasters erupt, one of the first casualties is education.
Children are forced out of their schools and many of them end up in child labour - working to help their families survive.
World Day Against Child Labour is held each year on June 12 to highlight the plight of 168 million children, many of them working in hazardous conditions. Learn more about this year's theme and events.
This 12-month report provides an overview of achievements made by Nepal Red Cross Society (NRCS) with support from the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC). It also provides challenges faced during response as well as in commencing the recovery phase of the Earthquake Response Operations. This report will also highlight briefly some of the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement achievements during the response and recovery phase of the Earthquake Operations.