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On 25 April, tragedy struck Nepal when the earth shook in a massive 7.8-magnitude earthquake.

And just over two weeks later, on 12 May, a second major earthquake hit the country.

Current reports suggest 8,000 people have been killed as a result of the first earthquake, with thousands more injured.

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Thanks to your incredible support, our teams are now on the ground providing essential supplies to those affected by the first earthquake. We're urgently seeking more information about the second earthquake, and will update as soon as possible.

In emergency situations, we know it's crucial that people can access safe water and that human waste is safely disposed of. Without these measures, outbreaks of diarrhoea, cholera and typhoid can pose a serious risk to survivors long after the tremors have stopped.

Working with a Ministry of Health immunisation programme, our partners are providing hygiene kits to 6,000 households – around 33,000 people.

With water purification the greatest cause for concern, our teams will also be distributing thousands of water purification tablets to communities affected by the disaster.

Devastating losses

The epicentre of the first quake in Nepal was the Gorkha district, where our work is concentrated. Although information is still limited, reports suggest around half the population of 127,000 have been affected – losing family members or their homes.

In total, it is estimated that four million people in Nepal have been affected by the disaster, across 22 districts.

In Kathmandu, many of the displacement camps are beginning to empty, as people move in with friends and family. The city’s water supply is now running again, but there are concerns that the water is not clean, reinforcing fears about the spread of disease.

Nepalese radio stations are responding by broadcasting items about the importance of washing hands and keeping clean in the aftermath of the disaster, with the support of local celebrities.

Help where it's needed most

WaterAid is not an emergency response organisation. However, we do respond when disasters affect the communities we work with directly, and when our local partners on the ground are ready and able to take action. 

If we raise funds over and above the support needed in Nepal, your gift will be used to bring water and sanitation to those who need it the most. Thank you.

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A man inspects the damage caused by the 7.8-magnitude earthquake in Nepal.
Photo: EPA/Narendra Shrestha