Bonn, 12th May 2015. In the last few hours, a number of dramatic aftershocks, the strongest of those with a strength of 7.1, have shaken the region of Janakpur, east of Kathmandu. One million people are living within a 50 kilometre radius of the epicentre.
“It was awful, it can hardly be put into words. People were crying and running into the streets in fear of their lives. The ground was moving so much we could barely stand,” said Francesca Schraffl, from Welthungerhilfe in Nepal. “The heat and dust added to people’s fears. In all the chaos, the first thing people did was try and reach their families, to find out how they were.”
At the moment, it is hard to predict precisely what the current series of earthquakes will mean for the aid measures on the ground.
“Experience shows that we need to reach the affected areas as quickly as possible, in order to determine the extent of the disaster”, said Jürgen Mika, a member of the Welthungerhilfe emergency response team. “Relief supplies have already been distributed in the region, this must now be intensified.”
Only a few days ago, Nepal was rocked by a heavy earthquake that cost many thousands of people their lives and caused huge destruction. The Welthungerhilfe emergency response team is on the ground with colleagues from the country office and local partner organisations, providing help. A first assessment indicates that our colleagues are well.
Welthungerhilfe has been active in rural regions of Nepal since 1972. Many projects contributing to the water and nutrition security of the country have been implemented in cooperation with the largest local non-governmental organisation RRN.
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Welthungerhilfe is one of the biggest private aid organisations in Germany. It provides aid from a single source: from fast disaster relief and reconstruction to long-term development cooperation projects with local partner organisations, according to the principle of help for self-help. Since its foundation in 1962, more than 7,350 projects in 70 countries have been supported with 2.66 billion Euro – for a world without hunger and poverty.