On 25 April, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal, with the epicenter in Lamjung District (north-west) of Kathmandu (OCHA, 26 Apr 2015) toppling office blocks and towers and killing thousands of people. The earthquake also caused extensive casualties and damage in India, China and Bangladesh. (ECHO, 27 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.
Appeals & Funding
By Thin Lei Win
BANGKOK, April 27 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Two years after powerful twin earthquakes in Nepal killed thousands of people and displaced millions, the slow pace of reconstruction offers an opportunity for the Himalayan nation to change its economic model, which leans heavily on remittances from Nepali migrant workers abroad, labour rights groups say.
Less than a fifth of destroyed homes have been rebuilt, according to media reports - a rate of progress that has attracted criticism.
30 year-old Kopila Nepali pulls out a large piece of iron rod and starts taking measurement to cut them into even sizes. She is currently preparing rods to construct strong pillars that would make her client’s house strong.
The last few months have been busy for Kopila as the demand for skilled masons like her have been increasing after the earthquake.
She is usually seen on different construction sites mixing concrete in right proportion, pouring them in different stages of construction and taking measurements of walls, woods and rods.
KATHMANDU, 26 April 2017
The year following two earthquakes that devastated Nepal saw a spike in desperate people falling into the clutches of human traffickers. Two years later, with the country’s infrastructure and economy still in ruins, NGOs say human trafficking is still on the rise.
In two districts in Nepal, in one afternoon, two girls’ lives changed when the earth shook. In the Okhaldhunga district, seven-year-old Nirmala became trapped beneath a collapsed wall. While in the Sindhupalchok district, seven-year-old Khendo was buried under the rubble of her house.
Several months following the April 2015 earthquake in Nepal, families were still living in temporary shelters and vulnerable to falling winter temperatures. The heightened risk of weather-related disease outbreaks challenged relief agencies already hampered by commodity availability issues, including limited fuel supplies. USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) and the UN World Health Organization (WHO) identified a need for stronger disease surveillance and health capacities in Nepal.
Exactly 2 years ago, Nepal was hit by a devastating and deadly earthquake. Soon after the disaster Cordaid started recovery and reconstruction activities in Rasuwa, one of the most impacted districts. What have done in 2 years’ time? Milan Mukhia, Cordaid’s humanitarian coordinator in Nepal, sums up the achievements. “152 permanent shelters have been completed”, he explains. And that’s just a small part of what we’ve done.
Starting a recovery and reconstruction program
Two years have passed since the earthquakes of April and May 2015 rattled Nepal to its very core. Although the country is now well into the recovery and reconstruction phase, a great deal remains to be done: hundreds of thousands are still living in makeshift shelters, battling food and water shortages, and struggling to earn a decent living.
Over the last two years, Plan International has raised €27.7 million to help 293,365 individuals – including 120,279 children – impacted by the 2015 earthquakes in Nepal.
Kathmandu, Nepal – Two years after the 7.8 earthquake devastated Nepal, thousands of students are returning to new purpose-built schools, thanks to generous donations from the public. While progress has at times been slow, the rebuild effort remains underway and hundreds of schools are now under construction or completed.
When a deadly earthquake shook Nepal in April 2015, nearly 9,000 people lost their lives. For the millions left behind and left vulnerable by the quake, life would never be the same. More than 3 million people were displaced by the earthquake, many of whom live in makeshift homes or camp-like shelters. They wrestle daily with a lack of food, clean water and electricity, and yet life goes on many months later.
A man in a woolly knitted cap stumbles and lurches his way through the audience seated on the ground and on to the makeshift stage; two women squabble as they try to fill their plastic bucket at an imaginary water tap.
The comedy may be a little bit stylised in this street drama in a village just outside Kathmandu, but the issues, such as drunkenness and lack of social engagement by the young, as well as caste discrimination, are very real.
"We felt the earth shake,” Uma recalls of the 2015 Nepal quake. “My brother, Umesh was just in front of me. The stable wall collapsed and I was trapped underneath it. I woke up in hospital, with a strange feeling of loss and in a lot of pain. I was missing one of my legs.”
“After that, I spent a long time at home in my room, until Jay, a Handicap International physical therapist, came to see me. [After weeks of physical therapy], I was given an artificial leg and learned to walk again. It changed my life."
April 25, 2017, will mark the second anniversary of a devastating earthquake in Nepal that killed nearly 9,000 people, injured more than 17,000, and damaged or destroyed hundreds of thousands of homes, schools, businesses, and healthcare facilities, as well as critical infrastructure and historic landmarks. On this day, the world will remember how a small Himalayan country, which was already struggling with high levels of poverty, political instability, and caste, ethnic and gender inequality, was tragically struck by death and destruction.
"***The pace could be expedited if more trained engineers and artisans were to be pressed into service***"
By Gopal Sharma
GIRANCHAUR, Nepal, April 24 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Giranchaur is the picture perfect village.
Children play on slides and swings in a small park which sits adjacent to rows of neatly built concrete houses with blue corrugated-iron roofs, complete with solar panels.
Singapore Red Cross on track to deliver Nepal rebuilding projects by year-end
•60 education and healthcare facilities •100,000 people in 16 districts to benefit
LAUSANNE, Switzerland, 24 April 2017 - On 25 April 2015, a massive earthquake in Ghorka, Nepal, followed by another devastating one on 12 May, killed nearly 9,000 people and injured over 21,000. More than 600,000 homes were damaged or destroyed. Medair's emergency team arrived within 48 hours and distributed shelter kits to 10,135 families. Since then, Medair has supported thousands of other Nepalese through various shelter projects, alongside Integral Alliance partner Mission East.
Families in Nepal are now moving into new homes - built by local masons trained in earthquake-resilient techniques - after two massive earthquakes on 25 April and 12 May 2015 destroyed thousands of homes.
Giovanna Reda, Head of Humanitarian Programmes for Asia, Middle East and Latin America at aid agency CAFOD, said:
“Our humanitarian response includes supporting local partners to run training workshops with people from affected communities, so they can build safer homes that can withstand earthquakes.
Introduction to the Study
The April 25 earthquake in Nepal and the subsequent aftershocks resulted in losses not only in terms of lives and physical infrastructures but also of historical, social, cultural and economic aspects of the country and its population. Thirty-one out of the 75 districts of Nepal were affected by this devastation with 14 of them located in the Central and Western mountains and hills including Kathmandu Valley and categorized by the Government of Nepal as the most affected1. An estimated 5.4 million people live in these 14 districts.
Two years ago, Marmendu Tamang's world changed in just a few minutes. On 25 April 2015, Nepal was hit by one of the most devastating earthquakes in over eight decades. The earthquake claimed the lives of her father and other family members but it also left her with an injury so severe that her leg had to be amputated. Today, she talks of this being end of life as she knew it but also as a new beginning for her.
On 22 March 22, the Norwegian State Secretary, Tone Skogen, together with representatives from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, visited the Humanitarian Staging Area, highlighting the importance of disaster preparedness.
The Implementation Strategy for Emergency Logistics Preparedness in Nepal document is in its final stages of completion.