LIVE: Nepal earthquake emergency updates | ActionAid UK

ActionAid's staff are on the ground right now giving emergency support to survivors of April's devastating earthquake, which was the worst to hit Nepal in 80 years. Check out the map below to see where we're helping and we're bringing you the latest updates and news as we have it (most recent information displays at the top).

We're in Nepal providing emergency support for earthquake survivors right now
ActionAid staff and partners deliver emergency aid in Nepal after the earthquake

Where we’re delivering aid in Nepal:




Mon 4 May 20.11: These are the people your donations are helping.



A huge thank you to everyone who has donated so far to help people in Nepal. Thanks to your generosity we've already reached 26,800 people in some of the worst-hit areas with emergency supplies. 


Mon 4 May 12.40: Shakhu's baby is 7 days old. She was born during the earthquake at Patan Hospital in Kathmandu. Shakhu told us:

"I was on my way to the hospital when the earthquake started. I had already gone into labour about 40 minutes before the ground started shaking. Buildings began falling around me and the roads were cracking. The car began to shake. I was terrified because I thought I was going to die. We drove through the aftershocks for over an hour to get to the hospital."

"I don’t know what I would have done if the hospital wasn’t here. I would have been stranded. I probably would have died and my baby too. When I got to the hospital the nurses and doctors helped me a lot. At first they gave me medicine to help my labour, but in the end I had to have an emergency cesarean. Thankfully my baby is fine, which makes me relieved. They saved both our lives.

"I haven’t named my baby yet.  She will be named 12 days after her birth as is tradition. Our family are already thinking she should be called ‘Lucky’.



Shakhu told us: "My home has been destroyed. We can’t live there now, so will stay with my sister in law after I leave the hospital. But after that I’m not sure what we will do. I’m worried and afraid that I have no home to take my baby to. I want a good future for my baby. I want to be able to give her a good life".

ActionAid has given Patan hospital £50,000 to pay for medical equipment and medicine for a new operating theatre. This will help with surgeries including cesareans and other life-saving operations. One week after the earthquake, the staff at Patan hospital had delivered 160 babies, including 45 cesarean births. 

If you would like to help pregnant women and new mums like Shakhu, please donate to our appeal.

Mon 4 May 11.15: We're on our way to Kavre today to deliver aid with the help from these volunteers.



Sun 3 May: 20.07: Today we delivered food (rice, salt, dahl, sugar and oil) to support 7,000 people for 15 days in Mahankal and Ichwok, in Sindhupalchok district.

Sun 3 May 16.16: Up to 90% of the houses in Gorkha and Sindupalchowk districts have been destroyed. So it's a relief to know our aid deliveries are getting through.



Sun 3 May 14.48: Thousands of pregnant women are without care in Nepal. Many are giving birth in appalling conditions without basic medicines or support.

We've pledged £50,000 to Patan Hospital in Kathmandu, where 160 babies have been born since the earthquake. If you want to help us reach more pregnant women, and help make sure their babies are delivered safely, please donate now.



Sun 3 May 14.04: Watch this video diary from our reporter Natalie in Nepal. She met people in the remote commuity of Khokhana, who are too terrified to go back to their partially destroyed homes because of the risk of aftershocks.  

Natalie talked to two new mothers who are worried about their babies, because they don't have enough water to mix for formula, or enough food to stay strong enough to breastfeed.

Thanks to the incredible generosity of our supporters, aid is getting through and we've reached thousands of people in Nepal already. But we need to do more. If you haven't had the chance to donate yet, please give to our appeal here.

Sun 3 May 12.10: A reminder of the destruction we're seeing everywhere we go - this school in Kot Danda is badly damaged and on the verge of collapse. 



Sun 3 May 10.48: As ever, we do all our work with the help of local partners and volunteers. They're the best people to know exactly what the community needs. These volunteers have been amazing throughout this crisis.



Sun 3 May 10.37: These women live up in the mountains in Kot Danda, a 'vlllage in the sky'. 96 of the 114 houses here have been uninhabitable since the quake. We brought tents and shelter, and met women from the community.



Sun 3 May 10.29: This morning we visited a maternity ward, where we're funding medical equipment for surgeries including caesarians. This nurse has delivered 160 babies since the earthquake.



To help us support doctors and nurses, and to get more supplies through for pregnant women and new mums, please donate now.

Sat 2 May 15:41: Today we met these beautiful baby twins Ujwal (in red) and Prajwal (in blue) who at just three months old are miraculous survivors of the earthquake.

Their mum, 26-year-old Sunita, was washing clothes when the quake stuck. Her husband Rajkumar ran inside the house to get the twins and luckily they all escaped alive.

Twins Ujwal and Prajwal survivors of the Nepal earthquake

As everyone in the UK is celebrating the safe birth of the royal baby, we're celebrating all the babies who have survived the earthquake. But mums like Rajkumar are facing the challenges of bringing up their children in far from royal surroundings.

Today we're in the village of Chapagaun helping Rajkumar and other women to care for their babies, by giving them the shelter, food and medical care they so desperately need. 

Sat 2 May 14.21: As we deliver essential food and supplies to pregnant women in Chapagaun we hear how the shaking of the earthquake could cause problems during labour for women like Shreya.


Sat 2 May 13.37: Good to hear that our trucks have arrived safely in Sindhupalchowk.



Sat 2 May 11.33: As we hear news of the birth of the royal baby being born in the UK, our staff in Nepal are on their way to deliver urgently needed supplies to pregnant mothers in the village of Chapagaun (see map above).


Of the 8 million people who've been affected by the earthquake, there are an estimated 126,000 women who are pregnant. And 21,000 of these new mums will need obstetric care in the coming three months.

As Puza told us below, it's a terrifying time for mothers in Nepal to bring a baby into the world when they have lost their homes and scarcely have enough food to eat themselves, let alone to feed their newborn baby.

Every donation helps us reach more mothers with the food and vital care they need. Please give what you can now.

Sat 2 May 10.31: Getting deliveries out to rural communities is difficult when so many of the roads are blocked.


Sat 2 May 10.14: Today we're aiming to reach 21,000 people with emergency food supplies of rice, lentils, salt and sugar in Sindhupalchowk District. Trucks are already on their way.




Fri 1 May 17.15: The death toll in Nepal has increased to 6,254 people with almost 14,000 injured, according to National Emergency Operations Centre (NEOC) in Nepal. 

So far ActionAid has given support to 6,755 people with food, hygiene kits and shelter items across the hardest-hit areas (see map). 

This includes essentials such as rice, lentils, soap, bleach powder, sanitary pads, paracetamol,mattresses and special nutritional food packages for pregnant and breastfeeding women. 

Over the next few days we'll be distributing supplies in Sindhupalchowk, where up to 90% of houses have been damaged in some villages. 


Fri 1 May 16.00: Women are at the forefront of our response in Nepal. 

Fri 1 May 13.21: 29-year-old Puza is living in the same tent with Sabina, since the earthquake badly damaged her house. Puza's baby girl, Smirika, is just 6 weeks old. 

Puza told us: "I'm worried that soon I won't be able to breastfeed. We don't have enough food, and I'm getting weaker. How can I survive if I'm not strong enough to feed my baby?

"Right now I'm only eating one meal a day of rice. I have to breastfeed Smirika up to 15 times a day. We are staying in a tent with 30 people. I feel so uncomfortable breastfeeding in front of them all".

We're getting supplies through to mums like Puza, but we need to do more. A small donation from you could make all the difference. Please give now.

Fri 1 May 13.12: We met 27-year-old Sabina and her 3-month-old baby boy Creation today. They're living in a tent with 30 other people since the earthquake destroyed their home in Khokhana.

Fri 1 May 12.46: Children are so resilient. Despite what they've been through, they're still smiling.



Fri 1 May 12.03: Some people are starting to return to their homes to assess the damage and see what they can salvage. This little boy was happy to be reunited with a friend!



Fri 1 May 11.29: Everywhere we go, we meet people who tell us their stories of survival and rescue. It's so inspiring to see how local groups are supporting each other.



Fri 1 May 11.24: The scale of the damage is still immense - not just in Kathmandu but throughout the surrounding regions, like in Panga where our team have been delivering aid.


Fri 1 May 10.42: People surviving on starvation rations, like this man about to eat 5-day old meat, because he has nothing else.


We're getting aid through to remote communities, but we need to do more, and we need your help. Please donate to our emergency appeal here.


Fri 1 May 10.31: Alongside our local partners we're delivering food parcels right now.


Fri 1 May 10.24: Our teams have been clambering through rubble to get aid to remote communities.


Fri 1 May 09.50: This morning our Natalie Curtis is visiting mothers, helping with aid deliveries and asking what they need.


Some of the mothers here have newborn babies. They don't have enough to eat and they're worried about how to provide for their children.



Thurs 30 Apr 17.24: This is what our aid packages look like. This one is stacked up in a classroom waiting to be distrubuted to the local community. It contains 2,500 kilograms of rice, 140 kilos of lentils, 25 kilos of salt, and some basic medicines. We delivered it today with the help of a local committee in Panga village


We need your help to get more packages like this to remote communities in Nepal. Even a small donation makes a massive difference.

Thurs 30 Apr 16.23: Are you following Action Aid on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram? Lots  more pictures and stories coming through from Nepal.

Thurs 30 Apr 15.20: In Panga village in the Kathmandu valley, 4-year-old Krishla and her 7-year old sister Kristina were playing with a friend in the courtyard of their home when the quake stuck.

The children all piled up one on top of each other, and the house collapsed on them. They were rescued 30 minutes later, to find their friend was dead. Three days after the quake, parents Rama and Lakshman visited the house for the first time.



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Thurs 30 Apr 14.32: The team met 72-year-old Sundaya earlier today in the remote village of Phalame, where all 150 homes were flattened by the earthquake.

Sundaya and her family lost three houses. In this picture she's trying to comfort her cow Lakshmi, who is buried underneath her cowshed, beyond rescue. Sundaya told us: "She (Lakshmi) used to give my household 7 litres of milk, she was our sustenance".


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Help us get more aid through to remote villages like Sundaya's. Donate now to our emergency appeal.

Thurs 30 Apr 13.50: We know that women and children are the hardest hit in emergencies like this. They're often leaders of their communities too. That's why we work with women, during any emergency response and long afterwards, to make sure their needs are met and that we can help them rebuild their lives.



Thurs 30 Apr 13.45: This is the headteacher at a school in Nanda with our team, where we're delivering aid right now. Many children from her community died in the earthquake.



Thurs 30 Apr 13.00: An update on the situation in Nepal right now, from the UN:

  • More than 10,000 people are feared dead and another 10,000 missing or injured.
  • 2.8 million Nepalese are displaced.
  • 70,000 homes were destroyed and another 530,000 homes damaged across the 39 affected districts.

Please help us get more emergency aid to survivors. Donate now - it takes 2 minutes and could save many lives.

Thurs 30 Apr 12.20: Richard is with Tom and the team at Janadhar School, delivering aid.


Thurs 30 Apr 12.15: People are living under tarpaulins in the school playground under the shadow of the mountains.


Thurs 30 Apr 12.01: The team arrive at Janadur School in Panga to deliver aid.



Thurs 30 Apr 11.31:  Latest figures show that there are 184,521 pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers in need of help. We're working with a local women's group in Panga to distribute food to them.


Thurs 30 Apr 11.30: We're on the move again, loading up supplies to take to Panga.



Thurs 30 Apr 11.05: Almost every street in Kathmandu is covered in bricks and rubble. One woman told us about the family who lived opposite her in this street.

The inside of their house collapsed and three generations of women were killed. The men were safe because they were farmers and living in the fields.

These are the people we're delivering vital supplies of food, materials for shelter and basic first aid resources to. Please help them with a donation now.

Thurs 30 Apr 10.45: Tom explains what life is like in Kathmandu right now in this Newsbeat interview.

Thurs 30 Apr 10.14: Today we're also trying to make contact with more ActionAid staff across the region.

Thurs 30 Apr 09.48: Our team are on their way to Khokhana where buildings are still very unsafe, and many of the community we're working with are still sleeping outside during the cold nights.



Thurs 30 Apr 09.00: People are queuing to fill water containers so their families have enough to drink.

Thurs 30 Apr 08.20: Aid deliveries are getting through to Kathmandu. This truck has come in from 600km away in another part of Nepal, bringing much needed clean water to the people who lost their homes in the capital. They've driven throughout the night. People are still sleeping outside, and it's rained heavily overnight.



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Thurs 30 Apr 08.00: In Kathmandu, some elements of life are returning to 'normal'.


Day 5: We're getting aid to people in rural areas

Wed 29 Apr 22.30: LIVE from Kathmandu, ActionAid's Tom tells Channel 5 news what people in Nepal need right now and what happens to donations on the ground.

Tom Allen from ActionAid UK tells Peter Lane the immediate need for food and shelter in Kathmandu and surrounding areas after the #NepalQuake

Posted by Channel 5 News on Wednesday, April 29, 2015


Wed 29 Apr 16.33: Huge thanks to our local partners for getting these vital supplies out to communities in Panga today.

This has only been possible because of our generous supporters, who are donating in their thousands to help us do more for people in Nepal. Have you donated yet? It takes two minutes. Donate quickly and easily to our emergency appeal.

Wed 29 Apr 15.45:  In Khokana, earthquake survivors wait patiently as we distribute  disinfectant, first aid kits, medicines, sanitary towels and soap.

Wed 29 Apr 15.22: In Khokana village, people are sheltering under makeshift tents. We've made it here today with desperately-needed medical supplies.

Wed 29 Apr 15.13: Our aid delivery of essential food and hygiene kits has got through to Panga in Nepal.

Wed 29 Apr 14.35: Army helicopters are going overhead assisting with the immediate response in Kathmandu.


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In the ActionAid office we're making plans for what needs to happen for the long term recovery and reconstruction.

We've worked in Nepal for 32 years, and we want to help all these communities not just get back into homes, but to improve their situation long term. You can help us right now with a donation.

Wed 29 Apr 12.45:  This just in. Our aid deliveries are reaching communities!


Wed 29 Apr 12.24: In rural areas near the epicenter, 90% of people have lost their homes and livestock, and have no way of getting food.

And in Kathmandu the situation is still desperate. People are still being pulled from the rubble. Volunteers have been working round the clock. Hospitals can't cope with the numbers of people who need medical attention.

Wed 29 Apr 10.20:  In case you didn't know what's inside our aid deliveries, they include urgent medical supplies; including disinfectant, first aid kits, medicines, sanitary towels and soap. And today they're going to 2,500 people.


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Our team are tired but trying to stay strong to ensure vital supplies get through to the communities that need it most. Donate quickly and easily here to help us deliver more.

Wed 29 Apr 09.50:  We're cramming supplies into all the vehicles we can find. On our way to Sindhupalchok district now.


Wed 29 Apr 08.20: Staff are exhausted, after working round the clock since the earthquake struck on Saturday, but it's all hands on deck to get these supplies out this morning.


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Wed 29 Apr 08.15: Great to see ActionAid trucks being loaded up with essential goods heading for Sindhupalchok, one of the worst-hit areas.


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Wed 29 Apr 08.01: Our team in Nepal started have started mobilising to get relief packages out.


Wed 29 Apr 07.45: Big day today as we aim to reach 2,500 people with emergency aid packages. Local staff are co-ordinating deliveries for this morning.


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Wed 29 Apr 07.32: Finally some good news. Bimal reports that "after three and half days, no tremors have been experienced in the last 18 hours. It rained till yesterday afternoon, which caused problems, but it stopped from the evening. This morning: a bright day, good sunshine."

Day 4: Rain makes rescue relief difficult but we're getting through

Tues 28 Apr 17.44: As of right now, 8 million people in 39 districts in Nepal are affected by the earthquake. 

Over 1.4 million people desperately need food. Of these, 750,000 people live near the epicentre of the quake in unsafe housing.

Power throughout Kathmandu is limited, with most households and offices mainly relying on generator power. Although the road between the airport and Kathmandu city is open and viable, access to many of the affected areas is very difficult.

More rainfall is predicted for the next ten days. We need to get more emergency kits to people. Please donate here.

Tues 28 Apr 16.36: We're planning tomorrow's distribution to 2,500 people in Khokana and Paanga (just outside Kathmandu), consisting of:

  • Non-perishable food (rice, lentils and salt) for one week
  • Disinfectant kits for cleaning
  • Women's sanitary wear
  • First aid kits and medicines (including paracetamol, antiseptics).

Tues 28 Apr 16.03: More photos coming through of people sheltering in makeshift tents in Khokana.

Tues 28 Apr 15.45: As the death toll passes 4,600, we're planning tomorrow's aid delivery to Sindhupalchok, the most devastated district so far, where at least 2,000 people are reported dead.

We're also trying to get in touch with our partners based in Rasuwa district but it's very difficult to communicate - roads are blocked due to landslides.

Tues 28 Apr 14.20: ActionAid team members report that people are sleeping rough on every road and junction, and there is rubble everywhere.

A critical fear is for the health of people sleeping on the streets with cold nights, and clean water shortages.

Bimal Phnuyal, ActionAid Nepal’s Country Director told us:

“The rain is making the lives of people in shelters even more difficult, and is also making relief-delivery challenging.”

It won't stop us getting aid through though. Please donate now to help survivors.

Tues 28 Apr 13.30: We've arranged an interview with ITV lunchtime news for Tom live from Kathmandu (thanks to the power of Twitter and our rapid response news team!). Tom describes what he's witnessing and tells viewers about our response

He says the biggest worries right now are the threat of persistent heavy rain making rescue and recovery more difficult, and life more miserable for survivors who are sleeping out in the open.

There's also the fear that if sewer pipes and sanitation fail, people face a potential public health crisis. Tom reminds everyone to donate to the DEC appeal to help save lives.

Tues 28 Apr 11.20: Updates from Tom as he travels through Kathmandu.


People are making shelters from anything they can find: bamboo, billboards, fences.. some are camping in the Royal Palace.

Tues 28 Apr 11.00: We've got news that Tom from our international team has arrived safely in Nepal to help co-ordinate our response.

He reports there is debris everywhere, including bricks, wood, twisted metal and electric cables


Tues 28 Apr 10.00: We've delivered non-perishable food (noodles and rice), and some mats and tarpualins to 500 survivors in Badikhel, in Lailtpur district, south of Kathmandu.

Tues 28 Apr 09.15: We hear from Amar Nayak in Nepal. He's managed to get an internet connection and best of all tells us that staff are already distributing emergency supplies. Details to follow.

Day 3: Death toll rising and communication is scarce

Monday 27 April: The reported death toll has risen to 3,500, with many more injured. Survivors are facing aftershocks and the risk of being trapped and injured by falling rubble.

We've been working round the clock since the earthquake struck on Saturday to mobilise our emergency response.

That means fundraising here in the UK, sending our expert resilience teams to Nepal and most of all working with our partners on the ground in Kathmandu and the worst-affected areas in Nepal to assess what communities most need from us right now.

But communications are extremely limited and we've had only scant contact with our local team.

Staff in Nepal have been sleeping and working outside since Saturday, as are most of Kathmandu’s inhabitants. People whose homes haven’t been destroyed are too scared of aftershocks to go back inside.

For our live reports on Days 1 and 2 in Nepal, go here.