Urgent need for help and assistance …….
(source: Christian Aid Website)
Tired and hungry, the survivors of the deadly Nepal earthquake urgently need clean water, food, shelter and medical care.
Ram Kishan, our Regional Emergency Manager for South Asia, said: ‘The monsoon season is on its way. It’s winter, it’s cold out there.’
Christian Aid partners distribute blankets, tarpaulins and food in Kirtipur, Kathmandu Valley.
Hundreds of thousands of people continue to sleep outdoors, too scared to return to their shattered homes for fear of aftershocks. More than 6,200 people have now been reported killed and almost 14,000 injured.
In response, we launched the Nepal Earthquake Appeal.
Our partners are responding
Our local partners are responding now, distributing vital emergency supplies in the worst affected areas of Gorkha and Kathmandu Valley.
To date we have dispatched 74,000 water purification sachets, which will make up to 740,000 litres of safe drinking water.
Ten water filtration units – each of which can provide 1,500 litres of purified water per hour – are also en route to makeshift camps and villages.
Around 5,000 tarpaulins will be provided to meet the urgent need for shelter.
Latest audio report from Nepal
Situation is critical
Ram Kishan said: ‘Our local partners responded immediately and continue to work tirelessly in challenging conditions.
‘The situation remains critical in rural areas near the epicentre. Some 90% of the people have lost their homes and livestock, and have no way of getting food. It’s an anxious and uncertain time for so many people.
‘Christian Aid’s immediate concern is to ensure communities have food, shelter and fresh water.’
A disaster-prone country
The 7.8-magnitude earthquake, the worst for 81 years, struck on the morning of 25 April. More than 8 million people have now been affected and hospitals are unable to cope with the numbers of people in need of medical attention.
Nepal is already one of the poorest countries in the world. Around 80% of the population live in rural areas and depend on subsistence farming for their livelihoods.
When disasters strike, it’s the poorest who feel the impact worst. With little to fall back on, when people’s health, homes or livelihoods are damaged, the road to recovery can be very long.
Helping people rebuild their lives is going to be a major, long-term endeavour and Christian Aid and our local partners will be there throughout.
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