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Response to Nepal earthquake

People search for survivors stuck under the rubble of a destroyed building in Kathmandu. Credit: EPA / NARENDRA SHRESTHA

People search for survivors stuck under the rubble of a destroyed building in Kathmandu.
Credit: EPA / NARENDRA SHRESTHA

Nepal has been struck by an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.8 on the Richter scale. Barpak area of Gorkha district is the epicenter. Reports are coming in of widespread damage. The situation is still unfolding and the death toll is steadily rising. Laxii Prasad Dhaka, spokesman for the Home Ministry,  mentioned 1,805 were reported dead as of April 26, 2015. Several thousands of people sustained injuries. A great number of families have been displaced due to collapsed and damaged homes, and people spent the first night out in the open. Powerful aftershocks are continuing and buildings are unsafe.

With a population of almost 30 million, Nepal is one of the world’s 40 least developed countries, ranked 157th out of 187 in the 2011 UN Human Development Index. An estimated 55% of the Nepalese population live below the poverty line with 37% considered to be living in severe poverty. The U.S. Geological Survey estimated economic losses to Nepal from the quake at 9% – 50% of gross domestic product.

Following the earthquake, the government of Nepal has called for international assistance.

Oxfam’s team in Nepal is assessing the humanitarian needs following the devastating earthquake. Oxfam is organising its response from India, Thailand and the UK. A team of technical experts are preparing to fly from the UK with supplies to provide clean water, sanitation and emergency food supplies.

People can donate to Oxfam’s response online here 

For more information, contact Lisa Rutherford, +44 7917 791 836

For a contact in Asia reach Lilian Mercado +66 817527120

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