Nepal Earthquake Update: 19 May
ACT Alliance relief operations in Nepal stopped for a few hours after the magnitude 7.3 earthquake on 12 May. Staff were sent home to check on families and distribution resumed the next day. With the quake came more landslides blocking roads to some needy communities. The district of Dolakha has now joined eight other districts affected by the quakes.
Many people are afraid as aftershocks continue. Please pray for the people of Nepal in your services this Sunday and for ACT Alliance Nepal as it distributes food, water, medical supplies, blankets and shelter. Staff are assessing needs after the latest quake where they can and will respond as part of the government and UN process.
- Online at www.cws.org.nz/donate
- Sent to P O Box 22652, Christchurch 8140
- Telephone 0800 74 73 72
For further information contact: CWS National Director, Pauline McKay, telephone 021 289 1225 or 03 366 9274
Updated 13 May: Another Large Earthquake Hits Nepal
A major earthquake struck eastern Nepal, near Mount Everest, yesterday coming two weeks after more than 8,000 people died in a devastating quake. At least 48 people have been killed and more than 1,000 injured, officials say. At least 17 have also died in India.
The latest earthquake hit near the town of Namche Bazaar and sent thousands of panicked residents on to the streets of Nepal’s capital, Kathmandu. It had a magnitude of 7.3, compared with the 7.8 of the 25 April quake. The latest quake struck at 12:35 Nepali time (06:50 GMT) and was centred about 76km (47 miles) east of Kathmandu, in a rural area close to the Chinese border.
Over a fortnight after Nepal’s devastating earthquake CWS wish to pass on their thanks to the many kind and generous people who have given to their appeal. To date CWS have received over $51,000 in donations and the total amount continues to grow as many more people give online, phone or send in a cheque. You will know from news reports that the needs are very great. After reaching all affected districts, the government of Nepal is now saying twice as many houses have been destroyed as previously reported – 255,954 have been destroyed and a further 213,441 damaged. Houses at higher altitudes were more likely to be flattened and many families are living outside their homes in makeshift shelters. The government further estimates that more than 3.5 million people are in need of food assistance and 4.2 million people of water and sanitation servicers. With the monsoon season only weeks away, shelter and services are a major concern.
Gifts to the appeal will provide relief for people living in four districts: Lalitpur, Bhaktapur, Dhading and Gorkha through ACT Alliance partners. CWS are concentrating on supporting five core activities:
- clean drinking water for 20,000 households
- safe sanitation with the goal to build one latrine with hand washing facility per 20 users for 20,000 households
- hygiene training to prevent outbreaks of infectious diseases and kits for 20,000 households
- food through distribution of hot meals and food packages for 5,000 families for the first six months, moving to cash relief when local markets are functioning
- shelter in the first phase tarpaulins, and rebuilding materials and essential household items for 10,000 households
Updated 1 May 2015:
CWS launched an appeal for Nepal on Saturday night and supporters have given more than $27,000 already. Following is an update on what CWS is doing and draws your attention to the bulletin insert and prayer that you might like to use this Sunday or on a day that suits you.
International Programmes Coordinator Trish Murray is in regular contact with ACT Alliance (Action by Churches Together) Nepal who immediately began operations. They are serving cooked food for 900 homeless families in and near Kathmandu as aftershocks continue. ACT Nepal will give families dry food and/or cash which will help them provide for their families and restart the local economy. In the first few days they have given emergency kits including tarpaulins, jerry cans, and soap and hygiene items to 5,000 residents in one of the 16 camps as well as 74,000 water purification sachets.
They have partners in more remote areas and are beginning to get supplies to them. ACT Alliance Nepal will continue to distribute food and non-food items as needed, supply water, build sanitation systems, provide temporary and then more permanent shelter, and psycho-social support and protection. Working from tents, they are mounting a major global effort that will last until the job is done.
Regular updates and video clips are available on the webpage and through facebook. If you would like images or further information please let CWS know at firstname.lastname@example.org. The people of Nepal are resilient and hardworking but they need help to do what needs to be done.
The Anglican Missions Board is supporting this appeal.
28 April 2015:
Christian World Service has launched an appeal to provide relief supplies in Nepal. The magnitude 7.8 earthquake has caused widespread damage throughout most of the country. The death toll is over 4,000 and continues to rise. Many people are remaining outside as large aftershocks continue. Rural areas were particularly badly hit and it will take some time for a full picture to emerge.
CWS is working with ACT Alliance (Action by Churches Together) of which it is a part. Members are based in Kathmandu and other parts of the country. They are mobilising life-saving relief: shelter, food, water, blankets and medications. They are working with the Nepalese government, the UN system and church partners to coordinate their response.
“We are confident in our partners who have been working in Nepal for many years. They are mounting a large scale operation to make sure those that need it most get the help they need,” says Pauline McKay National Director. “We ask church people to remember the people of Nepal and those working to help in their prayers, and if they can please donate to this urgent appeal,” she adds.