Nepal Earthquake: The Latest Information for Your Church

by World Vision Church Team on April 28, 2015

A magnitude-7.8 earthquake struck Nepal on Saturday, toppling buildings and triggering avalanches in the Himalayas.  News outlets report that an estimated 5,000 people have died. These numbers are expected to rise as more remote areas are accessed. Information remains difficult to obtain, especially from the northern Nepalese villages of Semjong and Barpak, which is the epicenter.

The Latest

April 28th
  • World Vision teams have reached remote villages outside of Kathmandu, Nepal this morning after days of trying, they found extensive damage and desperate need for basic survival supplies.
  • World Vision had supplies prepositioned in warehouses in Nepal and elsewhere in Asia.  Yesterday, we began distributing shelter materials and blankets for about 1,000 families.  Additional supplies are being airlifted from a regional warehouse and include hygiene kits, cooking kits, mosquito nets, sleeping bags and sleeping mats, buckets and water purification tablets.
  • World Vision plans to reach some 100,000 people in Bhaktapur, Gorkha, Kathmandu, Lalitpur and Lamjung districts with relief supplies, shelter, clean water and sanitation, and child protection, education and health programs.
  • We are also will also establish Child Friendly Spaces, in Kathmandu, Lamjung and Gorkha.  These spaces are safe areas set up for play, music and activities for children so that they have a safe place to go while their families are in transition.
  • World Vision has sent other teams to assess the damage in rural areas. They anticipate several hours journey first by vehicle, then by foot, a trek that will take more than half the day, despite a distance of just 50 miles.
  • There are serious concerns for communities directly impacted by the earthquake around the epi-centre, especially for children and the most vulnerable people.
  • Before the earthquake, World Vision had identified Nepal as “very vulnerable” to earthquakes, and the aid agency had been implementing earthquake preparedness training for communities and workshops for schools to help reduce the risks of earthquakes. This work was done in Lalitpur and Rupandehi Districts for about 65,000 people.
How Your Church Can Help

$20 can provide blankets to five earthquake survivors.
$30 can provide water containers to 10 people.
$40 can provide mosquito nets to five families of four.
$51 can provide three aluminimum cook sets to families affected by the ear thquake.
$100 can provide five hygiene kits to families.
$204 can provide 12 plastic tarps for families displaced from their homes to use as emergency shelter.
$416 can provide a tent for a family whose home was destroyed or is no longer safe. 

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