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Nepal quake 2015 - emergency aid and reconstruction

Nepal after the earthquake: emergency aid and reconstruction

The April 2015 earthquake destroyed houses, infrastructure, schools and natural resources. One year later, there is still a lot to do

At a strength of 7.9 and 7.4, the earthquakes of 25th April and 12th May 2015 were the deadliest disaster in the history of Nepal. According to the government, more than 8,800 people died as a result of the quakes and around 22,300 were injured. In Gorkha and Sindhupalchok, the epicentres of the earthquakes, almost 90 per cent of the infra-structure and homes were destroyed.

Altogether, more than 600,000 houses were destroyed in the earthquakes, a further 285,000 were damaged. Ancient temples collapsed and numerous roads are still par-tially impassable today. Over 500 healthcare facilities and more than 8,300 schools became unusable. The total damage in and around Nepal is estimated by a UN report at more than three billion US dollars.

Our "cash for work“ programme in the Ramechhap District has helped people earn an income by, for example, reconstructing damaged irrigation systems.
Our "cash for work“ programme in the Ramechhap District has helped people earn an income by, for example, reconstructing damaged irrigation systems.
Many regions in Nepal saw a destruction of up to 85 percent. In Gunsa, northeast of Kathmandu, only few houses were still standing. © Pilar
Many regions in Nepal saw a destruction of up to 85 percent. In Gunsa, northeast of Kathmandu, only few houses were still standing. © Pilar
We’ve supported people in remote areas, too, by providing them with much needed items such as tents, tarpaulins, mattresses, blankets, drinking water and food. © Pilar
We’ve supported people in remote areas, too, by providing them with much needed items such as tents, tarpaulins, mattresses, blankets, drinking water and food. © Pilar

Our Emergency Response Team team set off immediately to help those affected in Nepal

Survivors had been left with nothing. Everything was buried under the rubble. In a very short amount of time we provided support with tents, tarpaulins, mattresses, blankets, drinking water and food. Communication and transport were very difficult. Despite this, we also took aid parcels into remote, rural areas and thereby helped people who were initially cut off from any support. At the same time, together with the population and our partners, we very quickly began to plan the reconstruction.

The priority was the restoration of the destroyed infrastructure, such as the repair of access roads, water pipelines, and the construction of houses and schools. Heavy monsoon rains and landslides, numerous aftershocks and a politically tense situation made things more difficult and delayed the work over and again.

Parallel to the emergency aid, reconstruction was also planned

During the course of the reconstruction new income opportunities arose: Through our Cash for Work programmes around 450 people found work again and were better able to provide for themselves and and their familes. Due to bottlenecks on the national market, 1700 households received cash, in order to be able to repay loans. They had taken out this credit, for example, for the construction of temporary shelters and for the purchase of food. Through the distribution of seeds and tools we helped smallholders get back on their feet again. Within one year the aid measures of Welthungerhilfe reached more than 142,000 people - thanks to your donations in particular.

There is still much to do: Reconstruction and disaster risk reduction

However, there is still much to be done: Political measures remain unclear, in many places the reconstruction has not yet begun. The construction of a school in the district Dhading is still in full swing. Our partner "Emergency Architects", with whom we have already cooperated very successfully in the Philippines, planned the learning-friendly but, above all, earthquake-proof buildings.

In the future, the focus of our work in Nepal will be on food and nutrition security, the strengthening of the right to food and disaster risk reduction: We are still standing with the Nepalese, we want to strengthen people and communities in the long-term. Both poverty and hunger still exist, and the danger of further earthquakes, landslides and floods remains.

Learn more: Our support for Nepal

Nepal: 1 year after the earthquake

Monsoon is coming and many are still living in temporary shelter

One year after the earthquake reconstruction still moves at snail’s pace. Why most of the victims still wait for promised aid payments and how we support people in Nepal.

Emergency response in Nepal

"I will go where I am needed"

(13/05) Emergency worker Jürgen Mika tells us in our blog why he loves his job and how he copes with the challenging tasks and experiences.

Aftershocks in Nepal

How our colleague experienced the second quake

(12/05) "I just see people running, screaming, I see houses swaying side-wise." Our colleague describes how she experienced the second earthquake.

Challenges for emergency aid

Access for emergency response teams is incredibly difficult

(29/04) Day four after the earthquake in Nepal: It is incredibly difficult to get emergency shelter to the people who desperately need it.

Nepal background info

A country full of beauty – with many problems

(25/04) On 25 April 2015, a violent earthquake struck Nepal - a country, whose economy had already been weak.

More Information

Emergency relief by Welthungerhilfe in Nepal is financially supported by German Department of Foreign Affairs and the European Commission Humanitarian Aid Department (ECHO).

Infografic
Infografic: Nepal - 1 year after the earthquake
Infografic: Nepal - 1 year after the earthquake

Infografic: Nepal - 1 year after the earthquake