Nepal Earthquake: Nearly 2 Million Children Affected

Second Massive Earthquake Rocks Nepal

A second earthquake struck Nepal on May 12, just weeks after the deadly earthquake on April 25 that killed thousands and has affected millions of children. The powerful second quake, more than 7 magnitude, has caused death, damage and landslides. The scale of the damage is yet unclear at this stage. Save the Children is especially worried about children and their families who may have been affected and those survivors from the first quake. Many families are so traumatized, they are sleeping outside, and considering monsoon season is due to start this month, putting at risk of health of babies and children.

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Save the Children is already on the ground and is working in Sindhupalchowk District to the east of Kathmandu which is one of the worst-affected area. Save the Children has recently received a further 44 tons of aid supplies in country – including plastic sheets, hygiene kits and water purification tablets.

Save the Children has worked in Nepal since 1976 and have extensive programs throughout the country. Nepal boasts eight of the world's 10 highest mountains, including Mount Everest, yet it also has the flat river plain of the Ganges on its southern border with India. Poverty and a decade of violent political instability have taken a toll on the Nepalese people. Most families live in remote rural areas on the plains and others living in scattered settlements in the hills and mountains.

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Unless otherwise noted, facts and statistics have been sourced from Save the Children’s 2014 State of the World’s Mothers report. You can access detailed data here.

Other sources as follows: Population and Life Expectancy: CIA World Factbook 2014; Human Development Rank: United Nations Development Program 2014; Underweight Children: World Health Organization Report 2014

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