Members of our Disaster Response Team travelled to Sindupalchowk district, where they provided tents to 261 families, and food to 279 families.
More than 60,000 homes, which is roughly equivalent to 98 per cent, have been destroyed in Sindupalchowk, north east of Kathmandu. The area is at risk of further landslides and parts of the district are cut off from the city by debris and landslides which have blocked roads. Latest figures estimate that 273,976 – 96 per cent – of the population of Sindupalchowk have been directly affected by the two earthquakes.
A second major earthquake struck eastern Nepal, today killing at least 50 people and injuring more than 1,000.
Muhammad Haseeb Khalid, a member of Islamic Relief’s Disaster Response Team said: “The Islamic Relief team was busy preparing our latest distribution to the people affected by the last earthquake when the whole building started to shake. We ran out of the office and thankfully all of the team is safe, but we are more concerned about the family members of the dead and those who are injured. Our prayers go out to them.
“So far we have distributed food to over 5,000 people in some of the worst affected areas. And in the next week, we will be delivering tents, tarpaulins and other essential items for more than 4,000 people.
“Everyone is in shock in Nepal. People are sleeping out in the open, too scared to return to their homes. There is so much to do. Please support our appeal.”
Tonight the Islamic Relief team are themselves sleeping under canvas as a precaution, as it is too dangerous for them to sleep in their accommodation.
On Thursday 7th May, Islamic Relief carried out food distributions in two villages in Nepal– Kumari (230 families) and Madanpur (297 families) – a total of 527 families.
We have now delivered food to 5,135 individuals or 1,027 families in Nepal. Alhamdulillah.
Islamic Relief has distributed food to more than 500 families in Nepal.
Experts from our Disaster Response Team provided food parcels to the villages of Bhimtar and Shipapokhari in the Sindhpal Chowk district following assessment.
Many homes in the villages have been completely destroyed. With the monsoon season imminent, the need for shelter is increasing.
Haseeb Khalid, from the team, said: “The community was horrified by the devastation. New mothers and children are the most affected by the earthquake and already lack the nutrition they need.
“Families are asking for clean water, food, blankets and shelter. But they are also concerned about their futures.”
Islamic Relief will be carrying out more food distribution shortly, and plans to return to the villages to distribute tents and plastic sheeting.
Islamic Relief is preparing to give vital aid to those affected by the devastating earthquake in Nepal, which has so far killed over 3,600 people and left parts of the country in ruins.
Staff from our regional Disaster Response Team (DRT) have been deployed to the affected region, and are expected to be joined by other disaster response experts once Kathmandu airport is reopened.
There, following an assessment, we will be providing food, shelter, water and non-food items such as hygiene kits and kitchen sets to some of the 1.6 million people believed to have lost their homes in the earthquake.
The earthquake struck an area between Nepal’s capital city Kathmandu and the city of Pokhara shortly after 11am local time on Saturday 25th April 2015. Measuring 7.9 on the Richter scale, its strong tremors were felt as far away as Bangladesh, Pakistan, and India, with the earthquake triggering avalanches in the Himalayas.
The total number of those killed by the earthquake is unknown. So far over 3,000 fatalities have been reported, including 34 in northern India and one in Bangladesh, but this number is expected to increase with another 300,000 people believed to have been injured.
We are currently preparing to release more funds and resources to reach the millions affected by this devastating earthquake.
The Disasters Emergency Committee have launched an appeal for the Nepal Earthquake, supporting member agencies to reach those whose lives have been devastated.