Nepal was hit by one of the largest earthquakes (7.8 magnitude) on the morning of 25 April. The impact on the population has been huge with current statistics indicating that at least 5,000 people have died, over 10,000 injured with 600,000 homes either destroyed or damaged. It is estimated that over 8 million will require humanitarian aid. These figures can only increase as more parts of this mountainous country become accessible.
Disaster Aid UK & Ireland, with its partners in Disaster Aid International, is therefore preparing to return to Nepal only a few short months after its last deployment there when it brought relief in response to the severe Autumn flooding. Given that the extent of damage to the infrastructure has been assessed as close in 90% in many areas, it is clear that there will be an urgent need for shelter and water filtration products. Appropriate aid equipment is currently being mobilized from Disaster Aid International’s pre-positioned stock in India and elsewhere to be ready for deployment once the formal assessment of the need and associated logistics have been finalised.
This is likely to be a very demanding deployment given the geography, the altitude and the wintry conditions. It will also be a race against time as the monsoon rains are due in June.
Given the severity of this disaster, Disaster Aid UK & Ireland are establishing a dedicated campaign specifically for Nepal. All funds raised from this campaign will be used to directly support the families in Nepal affected by this earthquake. Please help us by making a donation if you are able to.