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Nepal: photo update of Tearfund work after earthquake

The UK public has donated £38m to the DEC Nepal Earthquake Appeal so far, helping agencies like Tearfund to reach more than 87,000 people in need ...

The UK public has donated £38m to the DEC Nepal Earthquake Appeal in just one week since being launched, helping agencies like Tearfund to reach more than 87,000 people in need.

These funds will enable DEC members to scale up efforts to reach more of the estimated 8 million people affected by the devastating earthquake, which struck west of the capital Kathmandu on Saturday 25 April.

Hundreds of thousands of people, many in remote villages, have had their homes damaged or destroyed and are in urgent need of food, water, shelter and medical care. Most are sleeping in the open or in make shift camps, with rain and the inaccessibility of many locations making aid deliveries challenging.

Some of the work Tearfund has been doing in Nepal includes:

  • distributing sets of relief materials (plastic sheets, blankets, dry food, salt and water purification agents)
  • providing food, blankets, sleeping mats and tents
  • distributing 12x15’ tarpaulins to each family, as well as a small food parcel, including 5kg of rice, and 5 packs of noodles
  • giving first aid through trained volunteers and distributed 25 first aid boxes (with refill pack), 25 stretchers and 25 shovels

Dil Bahadur Nepali, 58, is a tailor. He receives a tarpaulin from Tearfund partners to take with him on the 1.5 mile hike home. Dil is worried about his small children and how he will provide for them now that he has lost the goats that were killed in the earthquake. Only one goat survived. He thinks it will take maybe 10 years to recover his loss: the earthquake is an enormous setback.
Photo: Esther Trewinnard/Tearfund

 

 

A Women's Action Group (self-help), run by Tearfund partners, used their shared funds pot to pay for a woman to get to hospital for treatment.

The group also supported the assessment of need in their locality, which helped the aid distribution run smoothly. Photo: Esther Trewinnard/Tearfund

 

 

Thousands of people died in the April 2015 earthquake in Nepal, the most powerful earthquake to hit Nepal in 80 years. Strong aftershocks continued to jolt the Himalayan nation as rescue teams worked to find people buried under the rubble of numerous collapsed buildings. Dozens died in neighbouring India too. Photo: Pranaya Chhetri/Tearfund

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