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Nepal Earthquake emergency appeal

By Bethan Walker | 27 April 2015 | Comments (1)

Update 13 May 2015:

Yesterday, Nepal was once again rocked by a 7.3 magnitude earthquake. Although casualties were, thankfully, significantly fewer than the previous quake, many survivors have been left devastated once again.

Aid is slowly reaching the remote areas, but the UK press continues to be concerned that it is being blocked/not reaching those in need fast enough. This map has been created to show where the needs are.

In times when 'compassion fatigue' is a threat for us as givers, it's vital not to give up hope. The DEC is working tirelessly with partner organisations on the ground to make sure that the aid is being distributed, and there are other organisations who are able to show you, using GPS tracking, where your gifts are being used. These organisations include Charity: Water (Stewardship account number: 20122503) and Shelterbox (20051011). You can support the DEC Appeal for Nepal, as well as the charities mentioned above, using your Stewardship giving account.


Update 7 May 2015:

The Disasters Emergency Committee has launched an appeal to help survivors of the earthquake in Nepal.

Over 7,500 people have died and at least 14,000 are injured following a massive 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck close to the Nepalese capital of Kathmandu on Saturday 25 April.

Nepal’s major cities have been badly damaged and many rural areas have been completely cut off by avalanches.

Tens of thousands are been forced to live and sleep outside in freezing temperatures. Even those whose houses are still standing are sleeping on the streets in fear of further aftershocks.

Hospitals across the region are struggling to cope with numbers and lack of equipment.

A construction expert has quoted that long-term reconstruction costs using proper building standards for an earthquake zone could be more than $5bn, or about 20% of the country's GDP.

You can help by making a donation now.

So far over £66,000 has been given to the DEC appeal with Stewardship Giving Accounts.

Request a donation to the DEC’s Nepal Earthquake Appeal from your Stewardship account by clicking here.

Further information below:

DEC Nepal Earthquake Appeal
Stewardship recipient: 2017 7388
DONATE HERE

Posted by Bethan Walker

Bethan is a marketing and communications executive at Stewardship. Bethan has worked in marketing for seven years and now enjoys working in the not-for-profit sector having previously worked in Professional Services. 

comments:

Mike Wells

May 21, 2015 9:40 PM
Just a little correction to your headline about TWO earthquakes in the space of a month. This is a MEGA understatement! There have been 7 'significant' (US Geological Survey classification) earthquakes of between 5.7 and 7.8. There have been 76 earthquakes of greater than 4.5, an energy level that is likely to cause damage to buildings. All following the first quake on 25 April and all in a swathe across central Nepal from Lamjung to Ramechhap, a distance of some 200km approximately centred on Kathmandu.

Another correction. According to the World Bank figures for 2013, the GDP of Nepal was $19,3bn so that if the 'construction expert' you quote is correct with the ?20bn reconstruction cost is correct, then it is a full year's GDP! I cannot imagine where the figures came from! The extent of the devastation in remote areas remains to be fully assessed.

This is a disaster of unimaginable proportions. Note that even before the earthquake, Kathmandu had an electricity supply that was 'shared' meaning a supply that worked for only about 8-10 hours a day and a piped water supply that flows for 1 - 2 hours per day. It is not a country with resources.

We need to pray and we need to continue giving!

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