Nepal: Progress and Challenges One Year After the Earthquake
On Saturday 25 April 2015, a massive 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal, killing nearly9,000 people and and destroying homes, leaving 188,900 people displaced. One year on, families continue to rebuild their lives. But recovery is a challenging, step-by-step process. Erratic weather conditions including rain, thunderstorms, and mountain snow, the slow pace of reconstruction, and a blockade on the border between Nepal and India have slowed down recovery efforts. Regardles of the challenges, Action Against Hunger remains committed to working in partnership with communities to help them build back better and to recover from the disaster.
Action Against Hunger mobilized a response within 24 hours. In the aftermath of the first quake,we distributed 11 eleven tons of relief supplies - including water, sanitation and hygiene materials such as a water purification unit and water treatment kits, chlorine tablets, pumps, bladders, taps and construction materials for toilets. We immediately mobilized our emergency team and launched an intervention in seven districts: Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, Lalitput (also known as Patan), Nuwakot, Rasuwa Makwanpur and Ramechhap. Our most urgent priority was to meet the immediate survival needs of children and their families.
In the past 12 months, we have reached over 178,000 people with clean water, cooking kits and food, shelter kits, and cash-for-work, helping them to cope with the devastation, rebuild their lives, and get back on their feet.
Our impact in Nepal
To date, as part of our immediate emergency response and ongoing recovery efforts, we have:
- provided 81,252 people with improved access to water, sanitation and hygiene
- helped 24,910 people improve their access to food and livelihoods
- distributed shelter and non-food items such as hygiene kits to 35,435 people
- reached 25,685 people with nutrition treatment and food supplements
- provided psychosocial support and counselling to 10,810 people
Read more: Nepal: Progress and Challenges One Year After the Earthquake (ACF USA)