Five days after the devastating earthquake in Nepal, we have finally been able to start delivering desperately needed supplies to some of the more remote communities affected, many of which are outside the reach of the major aid organisations. Thanks to our supporters, who have helped us raise over £1,000 in just a few days, we have been able to provide 100 tents and 100 blankets to people whose lives have been shattered by this unprecedented natural disaster.
Our work is not over, however, and there are many more people at risk and who need our help. Our people on the ground in Nepal have reported that up to 90% of buildings have been destroyed in rural villages and towns and there are thousands of people with no shelter, no food and no clean drinking water. We need your help to deliver as much aid as possible; the people we are helping in the Phulkharka, Gumdi, Mulpani, Slyankot, Jyamrung and Tripureshwor communities have lost everything.
After consultation with the Nepalese authorities and other NGOs, including CWIN and Red Cross, we identified the largest need for relief assistance to be in the Dhading district, near the epicentre. Before the earthquake, within 16 villages in that area, there were about 5000 houses – now there are 20-30. We are also assisting communities in the Nuwakot area – one the of the worst affected areas during the earthquake.
It has been raining since the earthquake and most people in villages couldn’t get shelter or food, and no assistance has been available to them so far.
The amount of people injured, or worse, is still unknown. So far almost 200 bodies have been recovered from that area but the number is likely to rise significantly. The aid is starting to reach some of the villages in Ghorka and Dhading from today. We are getting supplies including tents and blankets, and together with CWIN are transporting these to the villages that desperately need them.
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