The day the Earth trembled
In the wake of the massive earthquake that struck Nepal on 25 April 2015, we partnered with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and Nepal Red Cross to provide vital relief to people who were worst affected. In the 6 months following the disaster 8,000 Red Cross volunteers distributed food to 2.8 million people living in the country’s 14 most vulnerable districts, provided relief and shelter to over 550,000, and reached millions with safe water and sanitation.
Six months into the relief operations following the devastating earthquake that rocked Nepal, killing over 8,500 people and disrupting the lives of 5.6 million, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and Nepal Red Cross intervened in the country’s 14 most vulnerable districts (Gorkha, Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, Lalitpur, Sinddhupalchowk, Ramechhap, Dolakha, Nuwakot, Dhading, Rasuwa, Sindhuli, Okhaldhunga, Makwanpur and Kavre).
Major achievements of the emergency response included:
- mobilization of nearly 8,000 Red Cross volunteers.
- distribution of ready-to-eat food and other food items (rice, oil and pulses) to 2.8 million people.
- provision of emergency shelter assistance, including tarpaulins, blankets, kitchen sets and hygiene items, to over 550,000 people.
- supply of 4.6 million litres of safe water and the construction of over 1,300 emergency latrines.
- restoration of 2,342 family links. Red Cross volunteers visited hospitals, children’s homes and camps for displaced people to help people who were trying to get in touch with their relatives.
“Being involved with the Red Cross helps me to forget what happened. I wanted to help children who were affected as well as other parents who have lost their child. The Red Cross training has given me the confidence and power to work towards a more positive future. It has also made me more hopeful.”
“Emotional wounds might be less apparent than the physical losses of lives and properties, but take much longer to heal. Following the earthquakes in Nepal, apart from the thousands of lives and hundreds of thousands of homes lost, there are countless people suffering from the trauma of losing their loved ones, and who still fear returning to their crumbling homes”.