Update from Charles Ham, Coordinator, HOPE worldwide Global Disaster Response
May 12, 2015 – “Today’s additional earthquake measuring 7.4 on the Richter scale is bringing even more misery to the people of Nepal. HOPE worldwide remains committed to helping during this difficult time.“
Nepal Earthquake Disaster Response Progress Report
May 11, 2015 – At about 11am on Sunday, April 25, 2015, a massive earthquake measuring 7.8 on the Richter scale shook the country of Nepal. According to the National Emergency Operation Center, 8,019 persons died, and 366 are still missing from the disaster that also injured 17,866 persons (May 10, 2015). It has also been reported that more than 10% of the country’s homes were destroyed (299,588) or damaged (269,107). The nation was devastated as buildings collapsed, and lives were lost in the rubble. Families scrambled to search for their loved ones in remote villages, only to be faced with the extreme conditions of mountainous terrain and poor road access; some only accessible by walking/trekking for several days. Conditions were very bad due to the poverty of the people and the limited capacity of the government.
The City of Kathmandu sustained damages as old buildings were not constructed with reinforced columns. Electric wires are hanging while access to clean water is scarce. Food supplies quickly became scarce, causing people to leave the city within days after the earthquake. The country’s main economy, tourism, was negatively impacted as historic buildings went down, and snow avalanches killed mountain climbers in the Himalayas.Follow these links to read more of the report:
Part 1: Displaced families receive shelter
Part 2: Meeting the needs of the hungry
Part 3: Caring for the most vulnerable
Part 4: Delivering warm blankets and more
Download a PDF of the progress report
Thank you for the support. The journey to recovery is just beginning.The fight for survival for Nepalis in the hills of Himalaya and Kathmandu Valley is far from over. Their survival depends on receiving immediate lifesaving supplies needed in such a harsh environment. The people of Nepal need everyone to join in this fight. We want to express our gratitude for those who have sacrificially given of their time and resources to rush assistance to communities in need. But the fight is far from over. Help us bring hope that changes lives. Please donate today.
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