WaterAid launches Nepal earthquake appeal

With your support, we can help provide water and sanitation assistance to communities affected by the devastating earthquake in Nepal.

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27 Apr 2015

On Saturday 25 April, a 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck Nepal. It has already claimed more than 7,000 lives, and is the country's worst earthquake in 80 years.

Homes and buildings have been damaged, and with aftershocks likely to continue, many people are sleeping out in the open. Electricity and water supplies have been badly affected, as have communications.

In emergency situations like this, we know how crucial it is to ensure that safe water is available and human waste is safely disposed of. Without these facilities, outbreaks of diarrhoea, cholera and typhoid can pose a serious risk to survivors.

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Map of the Nepal earthquake.
Map showing the epicentre of the earthquake.
Credit: Guardian

WaterAid has been working in Nepal for over 20 years. The quake’s epicentre was the Gorkha district, where much of our work is concentrated. The area has been devastated, and in the long-term we will need to rebuild.

In the meantime, our first priority is to provide immediate water and sanitation assistance to affected communities. Our regional team is assessing the situation, and staff from Bangladesh, Pakistan and India are on standby to assist.

Working with our partner organisations, measures are likely to include the provision of safe water, water purification tablets, emergency sanitation measures and hygiene kits.

"We will continue to monitor the situation as it evolves,” says Girish Menon, WaterAid's Deputy Chief Executive and Director of International Programmes. “Our thoughts are with the Nepalese people at this time."

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