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Nepal Earthquake

Nepal Earthquake

 Kathmandu hit hardest by a 7.8 magnitude earthquake on 25 April, 2015 (Photo by Omar Havana/Getty Images)

On 25 April, 2015, a massive 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck 77 kilometres northwest of Nepal's capital Kathmandu, toppling office blocks and towers and killing thousands of people.

On 12 May, a new earthquake measuring 7.3 magnitude struck Nepal. The epicentre was southeast of Kodari, an area already affected by the 25 April Earthquake.

The earthquakes caused 8,659 deaths and injured over 100,000 people – 384 people are still missing.

Of the 75 districts in Nepal, 14 were severely affected. These districts are located in the Central and Western Region including the Kathmandu Valley. About 5.4 million people live in the 14 districts.

Over 500,000 houses have been destroyed and 269,000 damaged. Afraid of returning to their homes, many people remain in makeshift tents along road sides or in friends and neighbours’ gardens. Some people have started to clear debris and rebuild their damaged homes using available local materials but do not have adequate tools and information necessary to safely rebuild their homes.

Some 95,100 people remain displaced. In 12 of the 14 districts, 374 sites continue to host people who are unable to return home.

NDRF members are working with partners to respond to the impacts of the earthquake in Nepal. The following agencies have launched public appeals to support their efforts in the response:   

ADRA, cbm, ChildFund, CWS, Habitat for Humanity, Himalayan Trust, Leprosy Mission, Oxfam, Rotary, Salvation ArmySave the Children, TEAR Fund, UNICEF and World Vision