People of Nepal are currently living amongst terrible situation created by the devastating earthquake that struck the nation on mid-day of 25th April 2015. The 7.9 magnitude earthquake measured on the Richter Scale was followed by several strong aftershocks that are still continuing. As per the news published in Kantipur Daily quoting the source of Nepal Police, this disastrous earthquak has so far claimed lives of 4,769 people in the affected areas, more than 8,547 are injured and 8 million people have been affected in 39 districts as of 29th April 2015. With the information from remote rural areas reaching the government information collection facilities slowly, these figures are continuously rising.
Sindhupalchowk, Gorkha, Dhading, Rasuwa, Kavre, Nuwakot, Dolakha, Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, Lalitpur and Ramechhap districts are the ones that are most affected by the quake. UNESCO World Heritage Sites that are historically and culturally recognized such as Dharhara tower, Basantapur Durbar (palace) Square, Bhaktapur Durbar Square and Patan Durbar Square among others in Kathmandu valley have either suffered from massive destruction. Besides, innumerable houses and buildings have either collapsed or are badly damaged in Kathmandu valley. In Gorkha district (epicenter of the first quake) and Sindhupalchowk district (epicenter of the second quake), almost 90% of houses and infrastructures are fully destroyed or not in usable situation. Communication lines and transportation in those areas are disrupted thus hindering rescue and relief efforts. People are living in fear all the time and are compelled to stay in open spaces such as roads, gardens, schools, public premises without any means of protection and shades. The problem is further aggravated by adverse weather. Therefore, the affected people are in urgent need of emergency shelter, water, food, sanitation and medical assistance.
The Government of Nepal is trying hard to respond to this devastation and is heavily engaged in relief and rescue efforts. However, due to its limited resources and capacity, the government is yet not able to reach to all affected places and people (especially in rural areas). Hence, Nepal is in dire need of huge support from citizens and national and international humanitarian organisations. The Government of Nepal has announced all humanitarian agencies to focus on arrangements of shelters for the people in most affected rural areas. To add on to this effort, RRN is also engaged in emergency response and is providing support to the affected districts and earthquake survivors. As the initial response to this catastrophic situation, RRN has already provided emergency relief materials to some of the earthquake survivors in coordination with National Emergency Operation Centre (NEOC) and District Disaster Relief Committees (DDRCs). Our priority at this moment is to provide relief support to the victims of Sindhupalchowk, Dolakha and Ramechhap districts. In addition, RRN has provided 200 tarpaulin and medicines in Chitwan district with the support from Shapla Neer, Japan and we will be reaching to Makawanpur district with the support from Stromme Foundation. We will be distributing 5000 Tarpaulins that we received from Welthungerhillfe in the affected districts.
However, to reach out to maximum people in the affected places, RRN needs resources and funds. Hence, we would like to appeal to our funding partners, donors, national and international humanitarian organisations and individuals to provide us with and extend all possible emergency relief support to help earthquake affected people. Following is the contact information and Bank Account Number for those who want to support through RRN’s network:
Emergency Relief Fund
Account Name : Rural Reconstruction Nepal (RRN)
Bank : Standard Chartered Bank Nepal Ltd.
Branch : Lazimpat, Kathmandu
Account No. : 01-0120669-29
Swift Code : SCBLNPKA
Mr. Ritubarna Silwal
Tel.: 977 1 4004976/128
Mr. Arundhoj Adhikary
Dr. Sarba Raj Khadka
Satellite Phone: +8821687701659