The first earthquake hit Nepal on 25th April between the capital of Kathmandu and the city of Pokhara killing thousands of people and causing widespread devastation. The area has been shaken by hundreds of aftershocks since. The majority of the population of the region have fled their homes and are living in makeshift shelters. The heavy monsoon rains are expected in July, August and September, when Nepal will receive around 80% of its annual rainfall in just three months, and it is a race against time to secure adequate shelter, food and sanitation. Transport and communications are severely disrupted.
We are delivering life-saving essentials
We are reaching out to people in urban and hard-to-access rural areas with water and hygiene supplies. Our technical experts are constructing water tanks and sanitation facilities in the temporary camps.
We are currently working in seven districts of Nepal: Kathmandu, Lalitpur, and Bhaktapur in the Kathmandu valley; and the more remote Gorkha, Sindhupalchwok, Nuwakot, and Dhading. In Kathmandu Valley, we are providing clean water and sanitation facilities to earthquake survivors living in some of the worst hit districts. We have been able to distribute clean water to over 30,000 every week.
Outside of Kathmandu Valley, our teams are battling logistical challenges, such as blocked roads, to reach communities in remote areas. But we have managed to ship vital supplies like emergency shelter, hygiene kits, foam mattresses, and solar lamps to Gorkha, near the epicenter of the quake, and we are rushing tarps, rice, and water and sanitation equipment to other hard-hit rural districts. Our aim is to help 400,000 people, including those in the most remote areas, before the monsoon sets in.
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