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Disaster Response in Nepal
Disaster Response in Nepal
On Saturday 25 April, 2015, a massive earthquake measuring 7.9 Richter scale shook Nepal. The epicenter was located near the capital city of Nepal, Kathmandu. Our hearts go out to the people of Nepal and neighboring countries after Saturday’s earthquake and the aftershocks that followed on Sunday.
More than 4,000 lives have been lost and there is massive destruction. Significant aftershocks are causing additional damage and distress. Thousands of people have already lost their lives, with the number still rising. Homes, buildings and entire communities have been destroyed, leaving tens of thousands homeless and in desperate need. People stay in open spaces in fear of new aftershocks and are lacking clean drinking water and electricity.
Updates from Nepal
Habitat for Humanity teams have begun to safely remove rubble. About 100 Habitat for Humanity staff and volunteers cleared rubble and removed debris in Opi Tol, in Lalitpur district on 2 May 2015. Of the 1,300-1,400 houses in Opi Tol, 450 homes were badly damaged and 300 destroyed. 23 people died in Opi Tol; more than 100 were injured, 40 of them seriously.
“Many rural communities still have not received any aid at all,” said Rick Hathaway, Asia-Pacific vice president, Habitat for Humanity International. “The needs are overwhelming. The destruction of homes has been so widespread, that one of the greatest needs is shelter. Your support can help Habitat rebuild homes and shelter the survivors from the coming rains.”
Almost 3 million people are displaced and stay in open spaces in fear of new aftershocks for over a week now. Monsoon season will begin soon in Nepal, making shelter an even more urgent need.
Habitat’s Disaster Response team has been assessing the situation and coordinating the Habitat for Humanity response with the Government of Nepal and the UN-lead Shelter Cluster. Here are a few details:
- Habitat will distribute emergency shelter kits including tarpaulins and other materials for immediate shelter from the elements. For this moment we are targeting an initial response of 20,000 families we can help with shelter kits, transitional shelter and core houses.
- Habitat will marshal engineers and engineering students to help carry out house-by-house damage assessments, as many families fear staying in their homes.
- Based on our assessment, Habitat will either construct transitional (temporary) shelters or move immediately into new home (core) construction.
The scope of Habitat’s response is dependent on the support of donors, corporate partners and other community organizations. We are actively seeking your help with Habitat’s response to this disaster.
Habitat is assessing the damage and preparing to assist with clean up, repairs and new construction efforts. As we mobilize resources, we will work alongside first responders and volunteers to help families return home as soon as possible.
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