Update: 27 April: Earthquake

DONATIONS – ‘Earthquake Appeal’:

Please support the CAN communities, villages, schools, health posts, porter welfare projects and the CAN staff who provide these much needed services by donating to CAN’s ‘Earthquake Appeal’:

online via CAN’s JUST GIVING page – click here for details.  (Just Giving will make a small admin charge, which we have no control over)

by post /cheque: Cheques payable to CAN and sent to our office: CAN, Stewart Hill Cottage, Hesket Newmarket, Wigton, Cumbria CA7 8HX     Please mark the back of your cheque ‘Earthquake Appeal’

Bank Transfer:  Direct bank payments can be made to CAN’s bank account. PLEASE reference your payment ‘Earthquake Appeal’

Bank: Nat West,  92 English Street, Carlisle, CA3 8NF

Account Name: Community Action Nepal

Sort Code: 60 04 30

Account no: 10059695

IBAN: GB89 NWBK 6004 3010 0596 95

100% of your donation will be used to directly help the Nepalese communities. (All our admin and office costs are met by other funds)

Thank you.

EARTHQUAKE UPDATE  at 14:22 on Monday 27th April – with updated items listed first

As the aftermath of the earthquake yesterday in Nepal begins to fully unfold Doug and all the CAN team have been making strenuous efforts to assess this devastating situation and look how best we can help and respond.

A fundamental difficulty is finding accurate and reliable information from our team in Nepal. Communication is understandably extremely difficult and reports are often contradictory and confusing.

However, to the best of our understanding the current situation regarding CAN communities, projects and staff is as follows – though it is likely to change and we will endeavour to update this information regularly.

CAN staff and office in Kathmandu: We understand that thankfully Murari Gautam and the office staff are all OK. Unfortunately however, we have heard that Murari’s home has totally collapsed following the quake. Although there has been some damage to the building in which the CAN office resides, the CAN office is not damaged. The lack of electricity and damage to communications  equipment means we have unfortunately not been able to speak directly with CAN staff yet. We have however, managed to get some details of the situation from our trekking colleagues in Nepal.

Helambu area: Reports suggest that this area has been badly affected by the earthquake. We understand that although Kutumsang has not been badly damaged, the village of Melamchigaun has suffered much damage – a private helicopter visited the village and evacuated four local casualties. Reports suggest that 130 buildings have been flattened to the ground and there has been one local casualty. CAN has a large school, school dormitories and a health post in Melamchigaun and we await further details as to their condition. We do not have any information about Milerepa.

Melamchi after earthquake

Melamchi after earthquake

 

Langtang: This area has been very badly hit by the earthquake and we have heard reports that there is much damage. Sadly 130 deaths have been reported in Dunche. Archeologist Hayley Saul who is a partner with CAN (and has worked on Stupa restoration projects with CAN in the Langtang) was working in the valley when the quake struck. Read her graphic description of how she tried to outrun the rockfall following the  quake by clicking here.The Telegraph has just published an article about Hayley Saul and Emma Waterton being rescued from Langtang: click here to read the report.
CAN has two school buildings in Langtang and we await further info.

CAN staff member Denise Prior:Denise has been visiting Nepal with Medex over the past month. We are pleased to report she has just arrived safely  back in the UK. We hope to get a full ‘on the spot’ report from Denise asap.

Denise was visiting Durbar Square only 30 mins before the earthquake occurred and the historic buildings in the square collapsed. She gave us a graphic description of being thrown around her room in the Mundu Hotel as the earthquake struck and how, completely disorientated, she made her way to the volley ball court by the hotel, along with many others, for safety. Then followed after-shocks and more screams from the towns people all around.

CAN nurses/ Health Posts in North Gorkha: The Gorkha area has been very badly affected by the earthquake, but a CAN member of staff who is presently in Bihi has reported that the nurses operating from Bihi and Prok are all OK and damage to the buildings is minor. Unfortunately we do not yet have any reports from Lihi or elsewhere in North Gorkha.

Bahrabise School for Deaf Children: We understand that this school is thankfully undamaged.

Ghunsa Health Post and School and Lapcha School: We understand that there has been no serious damage in these areas.

Ghyamrang Health Post and School, Purano Duwar School, Walung Health Post and Bohde School: We have no information about these communities and projects at present.

Porter Rescue Shelters in the Everest area: We have spoken with Dr Nick Mason from IPPG (International Porters Protection Group) who are our partners in these projects. Machermo and Gokyo Lakes Porter Rescue Shelters have been slightly damaged, but we have not yet heard the situation at Gorak Shep Porter Rescue Shelter.

We are however, very sad to report that the brother of Kancha Rai, our cook at Machermo, was one of the fatalities at the Everest Base Camp avalanche. Our thoughts and sympathies are with his family.

CAN Trustee Ben Ayres: Ben, who is also the Director of the American based charity  the  dZi Foundation which operates in Nepal in a similar way to CAN, has been assisting  at the ‘triage center’ in Lukla assessing the needs of  casualties evacuated from Everest Base Camp following the avalanche. Doug spoke with Ben today as Ben  returned to Kathmandu from Lukla airport in the Everest region.

 

How you can help:

There has been an incredible response from CAN supporters and those concerned for Nepal. CAN has already received many emails, phone calls and social media messages showing their support for people and a country close to their hearts.

The international aid agencies will be best placed to help with the larger scale needs of Nepal at this time, but CAN is of course well placed to assist the remote mountain communities it supports, which may be ‘overlooked’ by mainstream aid and support.

DONATIONS – ‘Earthquake Appeal’:

Please support the CAN communities, villages, schools, health posts, porter welfare projects and the CAN staff who provide these much needed services by donating to CAN’s ‘Earthquake Appeal’:

online via CAN’s JUST GIVING page – click here for details.  (Just Giving will make a small admin charge, which we have no control over)

by post /cheque: Cheques payable to CAN and sent to our office: CAN, Stewart Hill Cottage, Hesket Newmarket, Wigton, Cumbria CA7 8HX     Please mark the back of your cheque ‘Earthquake Appeal’

Bank Transfer:  Direct bank payments can be made to CAN’s bank account. PLEASE reference your payment ‘Earthquake Appeal’

Bank: Nat West,  92 English Street, Carlisle, CA3 8NF

Account Name: Community Action Nepal

Sort Code: 60 04 30

Account no: 10059695

IBAN: GB89 NWBK 6004 3010 0596 95

100% of your donation will be used to directly help the Nepalese communities. (All our admin and office costs are met by other funds)

Thank you.

 

 

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