Nepal Quake: Help Us Rebuild Children's Lives Donate Now
Needs Remain Urgent One Month After the Nepal Quake
On April 25 a magnitude-7.9 earthquake hit Nepal, just 50 miles from the capitol, Katmandu. It was felt as far away as Delhi and caused untold devastation, killing over 9,000 people and injuring a further 17,000 - including many children.
On May 12, just two weeks after the first earthquake, a second earthquake struck Nepal. This time it measured a magnitude of 7.3 with the epicenter than 50 miles east of earthquake-damaged Katmandu. While the casualty toll was significantly lower than the first earthquake, it caused further destruction to buildings throughout the country and forced many more families to sleep in the open.
The destruction of roads, bridges and other infrastructure by subsequent landslides has made humanitarian access and communications difficult, with some communities only able to be reached by helicopter or pack animals such as donkeys.
With more than 400 staff already working in Nepal, we were well placed to respond. Despite the challenges, our teams have reached more than 127,000 people, including 76,000 children, with vital aid.
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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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