EARTHQUAKE UPDATE FROM NEPAL – DAY 6, FRIDAY 1 MAY, 2015 by Doug Scott
From CAN trustee Ben Ayers, in Kathmandu this a.m. –
Helicopters – all the helicopters in Nepal have been commandeered by the Government to be used as of now only for urgent needs for mainly serious medical cases.
Finance – there is concern that all ‘mainstream’ funds sent to Nepal are channelled into the Nepali Government’s Earthquake Relief fund.
CAN, however, already has a substantial emergency fund in Kathmandu, which is helping to take care of immediate needs of mountain communities where CAN operates and CAN’s staff . Funds currently being raised by CAN UK supporters will be administered by Community Action Nepal (NOT Government Departments) and used for the rebuilding of lives and communities.
From CAN supporter, Maggie Burgess in Sama [North Gorkha] –
CAN Health Posts at Lihi and Sama are fully operational and giving full support to the community who fortunately did not suffer to the same extent as Lower Gorkha. Maggie was full of praise for the professionalism and dedication of the CAN nurses, none of whom wished to leave their Health Posts.
Melamchigaun – Access difficult due to avalanche across roads and risk from further aftershocks. A team of Community Action Treks (CAT) porters are packed and ready to leave at 4.30 a.m. tomorrow with a ton of food, medicines and tents to relieve the pressure on the 135 families whose houses have been destroyed.
Communication re-established with CAN office in Kathmandu
Limited Email and telephone contact has now been re-established with the CAN staff and office in Kathmandu. This will of course greatly help our relief work.
Relief Equipment distribution
All CAT’s camping/trekking equipment: cook tents, mess tents, sleeping tents, sleeping mats, stoves, pans and other equipment is now being distributed to those in need.
Corrections to yesterday’s report:
Bahrabise – School for deaf children – first storey cracked and unsafe, doors and windows damaged
Bahrabise – School Hostel cracked
Ghunsa – whilst the school and Health Post that CAN built seem to be unaffected the old Government built school has collapsed and will need to be rebuilt.
General Situation – aftershocks continue and so the majority of people continue to sleep outdoors.