5 May 2015
We’re now in the second week of helping survivors of the earthquake that hit Nepal on Saturday 25th April. We want to keep you updated on what's going on so you can see how your donations are helping. For news from last week you can read our original live Nepal earthquake blog. For this week's stories from the field look out for new posts below (we're adding the most recent information at the top).
Mon 11 May 11.19: The death toll from the earthquake has now reached over 7,600 and the number of people injured is over 16,300. This is 42-year-old Budhu Maya from Ichok village. Her 7-year-old daughter was killed as a result of the earthquake.
Your donations are helping us get aid to women like Budhu. We've already delivered food, medicine and shelter to her village - Ichok village in Sindhupalchok district. We can't ease the pain of losing her daughter. But we can support her to survive during this terrible time.
Fri 8 May 15.41: We've just heard that we have now supported approximately 48,520 people with immediate relief items (e.g. food, hygiene kits, medicines, shelter materials and protection centres) across Kathmandu valley, Sindhupalchok and Kavre districts.
We're really proud of and grateful to our incredible staff and volunteers on the ground who have been working around the clock to buy, coordinate and distribute this aid. Considering many of them have been personally affected by the earthquake their dedication to helping others is all the more remarkable.
Their hard work means that families like these in Talamarang village who lost their homes now have a tent to sleep under at night.
By the end of May we plan to have reached 77,000 people in total. And we're already preparing for how to support these communities to rebuild their lives in the long term.
As you can see, all your donations really are making a difference to the people of Nepal. If you haven't donated yet, or would like to donate again, please do.
Fri 8 May 13.44: This is Karuna Pathak collecting her rice and other food provisions that our teams have brought to the rural mountain community of Kot Danda. Kot Danda is a small farming community at the very top of a mountain - a 45-minute drive out of Kathmandu. Until we arrived they hadn't received any assistance from other aid agencies. We've now delivered food, plastic sheeting for waterproofing shelters and tents.
Getting aid to remote areas like this can be very challenging. The bags are heavy, making it tiring loading and unloading trucks. The roads through the mountains can be treacherous and when our teams get there they often have to carry the bags on foot for long distances to reach the places where people are staying.
Thur 7 May 12.54: We're getting reports that an increase in child trafficking in Nepal is a real fear right now. Young girls and women who have been made homeless by the earthquake are vulnerable to gangs who lure them to India with the promise of jobs, but then force them into unpaid labour or sex work.
We're calling on the Nepali government to enforce trafficking laws and deal with vulnerable people humanely. The best way you can help girls and women affected by the earthquake right now is still to donate to our emergency appeal. We're helping people rebuild their lives, which will make them less vulnerable to traffickers.
Thur 7 May 11.32: Kanchi, 45 lost her house and cattle (which were her main source of food) to the earthquake in Ichok village in Sindhupalchok district. We've made it here with aid deliveries, especially food, which the whole village desperately neede
You can help us get more aid deliveries through to people in the the rural remote areas of Nepal who need it most.
Thur 7 May 09.53: In Khokhana, Manje stands with her three children Lisa (9, left), Daisy (18 months) and Muna (9, right), in front of their tent, where they've been living for the past 12 days. Manje told us:
"My house collapsed during the earthquake. I've used my own tarpaulin to build a shelter. If we don't get help we will have to stay here. We have nowhere to go."
Wed 6 May 14.59: In Kathmandu Bir Hospital, Hiramaya sits with her 3-year-old son Rju Kumar. They were travelling from their village in Sindhupalchowk district to Kathmandu when the earthquake struck and their vehicle was overturned. Rju Kamar broke his leg. It took them 4 days to get to hospital.
Wed 6 May 12.29: An update on the situation in Nepal right now.
- 7,365 people have died.
- 14,355 have been injured.
- 191,058 homes have been destroyed, and 175,162 more are damaged.
- 3 million people need food - 1.4 million of them urgently.
Wed 6 May 12.22: This is Shretha. She's a senior nurse at Patan Hospital in Lalitpur District, south of Kathmandu, where staff have been overwhelmed by patients - and delivered more than 200 babies - since the earthquake struck. Here Shretha is listening to an unborn baby's heartbeat
We've pledged £50k of funding to Patan hospital in for medical supplies and equipment for the operating theatre.
Wed 6 May 09.26: More than 14,000 women from areas affected by the Nepal earthquake are expected to give birth this month. And there are over 184,500 pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers in areas affected by the earthquake.
28-year-old Shreya is 8 months pregnant. She told us: The earthquake shook me so hard my baby moved to the wrong position."
Women giving birth and their newborn children are especially vulnerable in the earthquake-ravaged regions of Nepal, and have very specific needs. Some women have told us they find it difficult and embarrassing to breastfeed in the crowded tents where they are staying, and are physically weak from lack of food.
We are setting up safe tents where mothers can feed their children in privacy, and we are providing food packages to help nourish mothers so they can care for their new babies. Donate now to help us do more.
Shakhu's baby is 7 days old. She was born during the earthquake at Patan Hospital in Kathmandu.
Shakhu said: "I was on my way to the hospital when the earthquake started. Buildings began falling around me and the roads were cracking. The car began to shake. I was terrified. I thought I was going to die. We drove through the aftershocks for over an hour to get to the hospital."
Shakhu went on: "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’.”
We've pledged £50,000 to Patan hospital in Lalitpur District, south of Kathmandu, for medical supplies and equipment for an operating theatre which could be used for maternal support. Want to help? You can donate here to support new mums in Nepal.
Tue 5 May 15:48: Our teams have been working tirelessly to deliver aid to rural communities as fast as they can. And they're keeping on going, because they know that for families who are going hungry - time is of the essence.
Tue 5 May 15:03: Good news that shops are beginning to open again in Kathmandu. But it's the rural areas that are hard to reach that still so badly need help. So we're prioritising reaching these remote communities.
Tue 5 May 14:07: Like with everything we do, we always prioritise women and children, as we know thay they are usually affected the worst in emergency situations. Our colleague Natalie Curtis met with mums and their babies who are struggling to survive.
Tue 5 May 10:27: The severity of damage caused by the earthquake continues to increase. According to The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA):
- 7,365 people have been killed
- 14,355 people have been injured
- 191,058 homes have been destroyed
- 175,162 homes have been damaged.
Thanks to the incredible response from our supporters, we've already been able to help 26,800 people by getting them the bare essentials they need to survive.
So far we’ve provided:
- food (rice, lentils, salt, oil, dahl etc.) to approximately 20,000 people
- hygiene/medical kits (disposable gloves, sanitary pads, soap etc.) to 5,750 people
- shelter (mattresses and tarpaulin sheets) to 200 people
- nutritional food to 80 pregnant and breastfeeding mothers.
And each day we’re reaching more people.
But there are thousands who still need help. And hope. Without it they could die. From hunger. From disease. From lack of protection against the elements. You can take action to stop this happening. Donate what you can now.
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