Nepal Earthquake 2015

The earthquake on 25 April 2015 in Nepal killed more than 8,500 people and injured many others. Since then, Nepal Red Cross Society, joined by the global Red Cross Red Crescent family, has helped with emergency relief and longer-term recovery programmes.

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  1. Mrs. Ambika (right: red shirt & red necklace). Mrs. Draupati (left: pink shirt).  Profession farmers in periurban area of Bhaktapur, near Kathmandu, Nepal. Sector livelihoods.
    Mrs. Ambika (right: red shirt & red necklace). Mrs. Draupati (left: pink shirt). Profession farmers in periurban area of Bhaktapur, near Kathmandu, Nepal. Sector livelihoods.
  2. Beneficiaries of the British Red Cross (BRC) livelihoods programme in periurban locations around Bhaktapur, Nepal. BRC delivered cash grants to these beneficiaries who in turn used the cash grants to repurchase and restock critical items such as tools destroyed when the earthquake toppled their homes or for immediate food. Beneficiaries also used the funds to purchase seeds for planting of staple crops such as rice, maize, potatoes. The subsequent harvest would help restore their livelihoods (March 17, 2016).
  3. 25 April, 2015

  4. In the middle of the day, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck the area between Kathmandu and Pokhara, 81 kilometers northwest of Kathmandu, affecting 39/75 districts of Nepal. Known by locals as "Earthquake 72," as it took place in year 2072 of the Nepali calendar, this was the deadliest and most devastating earthquake to strike Nepal since 1934.
  5. The Nepal Red Cross Society responded immediately, thanks to years of disaster preparedness, experience in previous catastrophes and a lead role in the government’s disaster response contingency plan. In the hours and days after the disaster, staff and volunteers helped with search and rescue, first aid, food, water and other emergency help.
  6. The first images of the damages caused by the earthquake and Red Cross response were captured by the IFRC.
  7. The NRCS volunteers who had been trained in first aid and search and rescue were mobilized to the affected areas to work in coordination with other emergency responders to help those in need.
  8. Using their learned skills and knowledge, some of them also returned to their communities to provide the latter with instructions on how to stay safe.
  9. On 27 April, 2 days following the earthquake, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) launched a preliminary emergency appeal of over CHF 33 million to support the NRCS to assist the response efforts.
  10. Nepal: Save lives. Help now.
  11. "The scale of this disaster is so big, the national capacity will be actually not enough, so there will be a need for significant international support," said Jagan Chapagain, IFRC Asia Pacific Zone director, who quickly visited Nepal after the earthquake.
  12. The IFRC also deployed its global disaster response tools, including Emergency Response Units (ERU), Regional Disaster Response Teams (RDRTs) and Field Assessment Coordination Team (FACT).
  13. The challenge was that three-quarters of the affected population lived outside of the Kathmandu valley, many in remote mountainous areas. The immediate priority was on providing these communities with emergency shelter.
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