ACT Alliance Nepal Forum Update 13 May 2015
The second earthquake measuring 7.3 struck north-east of Kathmandu on Tuesday 12, 2015, at 12:45pm Nepal local time. It was the second strongest quake to hit Nepal recently, following the first quake of 7.8 magnitude on April 25, 2015. As a result of this most recent quake, at least 64 people were killed and 2,000 people injured. This figure is likely to keep rising as rescue services gain access to those affected.
The quake has caused an increase in landslides in many areas of the affected districts. Dolakha is a new district most badly affected by this quake, while two other districts, Rasuwa and Sidhupalchowk, have been further affected.
According to preliminary information received, the quake also affected the Kathmandu valley, causing the collapse of already partially damaged buildings, including government buildings. The estimated number of collapsed buildings is as yet unknown. Further updates will be provided as information becomes available.
ACT Alliance response and planned activities
ACT Alliance Nepal will send an assessment team to Dolakha district and the other two most affected districts, Rasuwa and Sidhupalchowk, to do rapid assessments to identify the level of damage and emergency needs. The rapid assessment will also include an assessment of the education sector.
ACT Alliance Nepal have been doing detailed needs assessments in selected Village Development Committee’s (VDCs) in eight districts identified along with one additional district, Rasuwa. Information from these assessments will be available by 18 May.
ACT Alliance Nepal members will continue to actively join the thematic clusters organized at national and district levels, as well as the coordination meetings organized by the Government.
The increased landslides aggravated by the second quake, together with the coming monsoon season in June, pose numerous critical challenges including massive landslides for travel to the affected areas, particularly those which are located in rural and remote areas. As an example. All ACT Alliance members will continue to face such challenges as aftershocks continue.
14 May 2015
ACT Alliance emergency team responds to devastating earthquake
By Sandra Cox, Lutheran World Federation on Monday, April 27, 2015
Emergency work is underway in Nepal in the wake of the earthquake Saturday which has cost over 4000 lives and resulted in devastating damage.
“We have become internally displaced now,” Laxman Niroula, Information and Technology Officer with The Lutheran World Federation (LWF), member of ACT Alliance in Kathmandu, says. “We put up a tarpaulin and a mat, and me and my family are sleeping outside.”
As aftershocks continue to make the situation difficult for the many who have already lost their homes, the LWF, which has been operating in Nepal since 1984, has begun carrying out immediate life-saving emergency work.
Laxman and his colleagues have hardly slept over the past 48 hours. Since the earthquake hit, the emergency team has been working to attend to people in need. In addition to hosting the headquarters of the LWF country program, Kathmandu is also the location of the LWF emergency hub for Asia. “We have more than 100 skilled staff in the region, and have been working with communities in the affected areas for decades,” LWF Humanitarian Coordinator Roland Schlott says.
Over the weekend, the LWF distributed tarpaulins, hygiene kits and ready-made food to about 400 families in Kathmandu. Along with assessing the situation in remote communities, LWF priorities are now to provide water, sanitation and hygiene materials, as well as emergency shelter to people who lost their homes or who are staying outside for fear of aftershocks.
“There are 100 aftershocks each day. Every time it starts shaking people run outside. Yesterday there was a big aftershock. People here are crying. They are scared,” Laxman says.