Nepal Earthquake Update 14 May


A BIG THANK YOU to everyone fundraising and organising fundraising events for CAN’s Nepal Earthquake Appeal.

CAN has been humbled by the generosity of time and spirit. Special charity events and amazing individual fundraising activities are raising tens of thousands of pounds for the ‘rebuilding’ of lives and communities in Nepal.

A ‘Fundraisiers and Sponsors’  page is currently being developed  – where we will thank  participants and post details of  the fundraising.

Earthquake Appeal Events this weekend 

There are many great things to do this weekend to support Nepal: here’s just a few

GLASGOW Fri 15th May: ‘Tango for Nepal’ Dance the night away and raise funds for Nepal. Have you ever watched Strictly and thought “That looks fun”. Well now’s your chance to have a go, with tuition from experts!  Tel: Ron and Janey 07584 354 775

PEAK DISTRICT Sat 16th May: ‘Ten in Ten in Ten for Nepal’ sponsored climb and walk event plus talks, music & auctions.

Take part in a unique challenge – climb ten routes, as you walk ten miles, in ten hours! Famous climbers such as Andy Kirkpatrick are supporting the event.

Hunt out your boots and rock shoes and get the Peak Rockin’! Contact Johnathan Hubbard Tel 07748 767 833 or visit the event Facebook page.

LONDON Sat 16th May: ‘Surbiton Farmers Market support Nepal Day’  Fundraising for CAN while you shop for tasty farm fresh goodies!

KESWICK All weekend: ‘Keswick Mountain Festival’ Visit  CAN at our stand at the festival. Talks, walks, climbs, runs, cycles, live bands …. everything outdoors … in the glorious Lake District, set by Derwentwater.

The second major earthquake

This struck at 12.52pm on Tuesday 12th May has caused further  loss of life and damage to buildings and communities. The  epicentre was near Everest and of 7.3 in magnitude. It has been reported that much of the ice on Everest has been shaken off by this second quake.

This second quake has left people even more fearful of being inside buildings. It is this fear  of collapsing buildings that has restricted the number of known fatalities  in the second quake – as many are still living outdoors.

However, this understandable fear of being indoors is causing difficulties in organising relief works, as people are reluctant to be inside offices and other places of work. Communication infrastructure has been further damaged.

Further quakes are likely

Geology Professor Mike Searle, and expert in Himalaya plate tectonics, told CAN that

“The 7.3 quake on 12th May did not breach to the surface so the strain is still retained at depth; it means that the likelihood of another quake rupturing to the surface remains high to the south of Kathmandu and to the west of Gorkha (Pokhara region). In both these regions the fault remains locked and it will go we just don’t know when”.

All of CAN’s projects and communities now affected

Following the second quake 100% of CAN’s project areas have now been badly affected. In Ghunsa in the Lower (Everest) Khumbu the Health Post and School have now been damaged.

However, CAN’s nurses are still operating in their communities from temporary tented Health Posts.

Impact of the second quake as reported by the United Nations

  • According to the Government, the earthquake and aftershocks destroyed 479,308 houses and damaged 263,026. Insufficient tarps and tents have been distributed.
  • Bahrabise VDC in Sindhupalchowk District is reported to be inaccessible. CAN has a school for Deaf Children in Bahrabise.
  • Thunderstorms are forecasted in areas near the epicentre during the next five days, which may further hamper relief efforts. The weather disturbance may cause additional landslide and damage dams including at Sunkoshi in Sindhupalchowk
  • Humanitarian partners need to ensure that women who may have lost their citizenship papers are able to access assistance in an equitable manner.
  • The earthquake on 12 May destroyed additional educational infrastructure in Sindhupalchowk districts
  • Concern over trauma  and  psychological impact of the earthquake on children. Children in large numbers are experiencing moderate to severe malnutrition
  • The Government announced that schools in the affected districts will remain closed until 29 May
  • Over 3.5 million people are estimated to be in need of food assistance. Only 1 million reached to date
  • The Cluster (a group of key emergency Aid providers) has provided food rations such as 10kg rice per household and high energy biscuits in 11 districts (Gorkha, Dhading, Rasuwa, Nuwakot, Sindhupalchowk, Dolakha, Kavre, Ramechhap, Okhaldhunga, Sindhuli and Makawanpu
  • There is only a window of 7 to 10 days to purchase agricultural inputs and dispatch them to meet the planting season schedules, coinciding with the onset of the monsoon in June. This is needed to ensure food security in the coming months
  • Distribution of the medicines and supplies from district headquarters to the peripheral areas remains a challenge.
  • Hospital tents and maternity tents for health facilities in all affected districts are insufficient
  • Disparities in relief distributions due to caste and religion continue to be reported

North Ghorka – the situation appears to worsen

A sobering report  has been published by  the United Nations on the situation in this remote mountain region, where CAN operates Health Posts at Sma, Lho and Bihi.

Situation in Bihi: almost 100% damage, with large landslides are cutting off access, and the relief needs still unknown.

Situation at Lho: most houses damaged, but the Health Post is mostly intact and still staffed.

Situation at Sama:  Tarpaulines are s being used for shelter, with people staying in open spaces near houses

50% of population have no access to safe sanitation, no soap available for washing hands or clothes, schools completely destroyed.



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