Just a few hours ago (7.50 GMT), Nepal was hit by another major earthquake; the second within three weeks.
This latest earthquake hit close to the town of Namche Bazar, near Mount Everest, with a magnitude of 7.3. While not as large as the earthquake that struck on 25 April (7.8), it was felt as far away as Delhi (India) and Dhaka (Bangladesh). Information on the impact of this earthquake is still to come through.
Disaster Aid is sending its first Disaster Aid Response Team (DART) this week. Peter Hazell, one of the eleven candidates on our Disaster Aid Response Team (DART) training course last month, will be joining this team. A second team is also planned for phase two of the operation.
In addition to the supply of water filters and 400 of our own tents, Disaster Aid International is making arrangements to ship an additional 400 tents, 400 camp/stretcher beds, and 400 pillows donated by the Victoria (Australia) Department of Environment, Land, Water, and Planning.
Without taking into account the impact of the second earthquake, the impact of the first earthquake was huge with upwards of 7 million dying in the first few days. It is estimated that at least 8 million are now in urgent need of aid. Over half a million houses have been destroyed or seriously damaged. Of the funds the UN originally estimated as being required for the recovery, only 10% has been raised to date. Please make a donation if you feel you can support our work.