I (Ishu) was preparing this report last Tuesday (12 May) at the ICA Office Koteshwor while the second big earthquake magnitude of 6.8 Richter scale (according to Nepal National Seismological Centre while USGS recorded 7.3) hit Nepal. Life has started to return to normalcy and many of us were carrying out our daily routines in regular manner but the Tuesday’s earthquake shook everyone and for last few days most of people in Kathmandu are spending day and nights outside in tents and tarpaulins. The second big earthquake has killed 117 and injured over 2000 people.
Nepal has already been badly devastated by the earthquake hit on 25 April 2015. The impact of the earthquake is so massive that more than 8000 people are killed, over 16000 injured and thousands of houses damaged. After the second earthquake, there have been reports of landslides in different parts of the country which has delayed the rescue and relief operations.
Due to geographical difficulties, though the three weeks have been passed after the earthquake, still hundreds of people are awaiting the tents or temporary shelter. In a few weeks of now, monsoon is predicted to start, thus, there is an urgency to focus on rehabilitation and recovery activities.
Responses undertaken by ICA Nepal so far:
We visited the earthquake affected areas, instantly after the earthquake, inside the Kathmandu valley and assessed the situation. Initially, ICA Nepal helped people of Bhaktapur and Bungmati with drinking water bottles. We provided 1000 water bottles in the two locations. While visiting Bungamati, we also visited Tri Ratna School and learned the damages caused by the earthquake in the school.
ICA Nepal massively distributed food supplies to the different earthquake affected locations. So, far we have reached to Sindhupalchowk, Changunarayan, Dhading, Bungamati (Tri Ratna School), Sangla, Nala, Gorkha with our food supplies. The food materials we provided include the set of salt, daal, rice, nutrella, beaten rice, masala, noodles, biscuits, drinking water along with a bucket, mug, plate and spoon, tarpaulin, blanket, and medicine (Gorkha). So far we have served 1000 families.
We contacted our local NGO partners (working in the sectors of PWDs) and tried to know about their status. We managed to help Entire Power for Social Action (EPSA), Disabled Service Centre (DSC), and Nepal Integrated Blind Association (NIBDA) with basic food supplies. We are saddened to find the how PWDs are living in pitying situation.
In your desire to help victims and survivors of this awful disaster, you may donate through the Jean Houston Foundation to send a message to our colleagues in Nepal that we are with them in their time of need.