LIVE updates following second earthquake in Nepal | ActionAid UK

This morning a second earthquake has hit Nepal. The earthquake that hit on Saturday 25th April has already killed over 8,150 people and injured over 17,860. This second disaster will have caused even more damage and left many more homeless and hungry. Our staff in Nepal are already assessing the damage. Please donate now and follow our updates below.

A young Nepalese mother who ran out onto the street when the second earthquake struck Kathmandu.
A young Nepalese mother who ran out onto the street when the second earthquake struck Kathmandu.

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Tue 19 May 11.13: The number of people killed by the two earthquakes is now more than 8,500 (8,567), making it the most deadly earthquake disaster in Nepal’s history.

Mira Tamang's 7-year-old son was one of them. We can't bring back her son, but we can support her through this terrible time of mourning and trauma, by providing her with the essentials she needs to survive.

27-year-old Mira Tamang, whose son was killed by the Nepal earthquake.

Your donations are helping us get these vital supplies - like food, medical care and shelter - to women like Mira. 

So far we've reached over 73,000 people but there's so much more to do. Please give what you can to our emergency appeal.

Mon 18 May 18.07: Rama Hahajan is from Panga and is the mother of two daughters. She lost her home when it was damaged by the first Nepal eathquake on 25th April.

We've delivered temporary shelter materials in Panga to make sure that families like Rama's have somewhere to sleep.

Fri 15 May 10.44: This morning Holly and our teams are out delivering urgently needed aid in the remote community of Chapagaun.



Our child friendly spaces are really important because they give children a space of their own to play where they can come to terms with their trauma in their own time and where trained workers can see if they might need extra psychosocial support.



The spaces also free up parents to go and find food, find a place to stay, help clear rubble, suport other family members who might be injured, and start to rebuild their livelihood.

If you'd like to help us protect more children and help them recover, please donate now.


Fri 15 May 10.03 Our colleague Holly who's in Nepal right now shares more shocking photos of the damage to people's homes in the town of Panga.



Women are often not included in decision making after disasters, so we always make sure that they have the opportunity to have their voice heard and influence decisions that affect them. This morning our teams met with these women in Panga to listen to their concerns and tailor our response to their needs.



Fri 15 May 9.26: The damage from the second earthquake means that many towns are completely uninhabitable. Even the few buildings that are still standing will have been weakened and could still collapse at any time. Not just homes but whole communities have been destroyed. It's heartbreaking.



Thurs 14 May 18.01: Our latest update from our teams in Nepal is that we've now supported 14,623 households - roughly 73,115 people - across these four districts: Kathmandu Valley, Sindupalchok, Kavre, Rasuwa (see map above).  This includes food items, dignity kits for women, some tarpaulins and safe spaces for women and children in Kathmandu Valley.


Ichok villagers unload food relief bags in Nepal

It's only thanks to the incredible support of people like you that we've been able to reach so many people already. But there is so much more to do. Our colleagues in Nepal are currently finalising their plans for a second wave of distributing immediate relief starting tomorrow. Please help us keep supporting the people of Nepal.


Thurs 13 May 15.43: The 12th May earthquake has now killed an additional 96 people on top of the 8219 death toll from the earthquake on 25th April. It has injured another 2,563 people. 65-year-old Chiri Babu Desar was sitting outside when the adjacent wall collapsed on him.

65-year-old Chiri Babu Desar was injured by the first Nepal earthquake

He factured his leg and had to have seven stitches on his head. He was rushed to a health post for treatment, but no medical team has arrived to see the people here in the area he says. There are many injured who need attention.

We're prioritising getting help to the hardest-hit remote communities.


Thurs 13 May 10.43: The second earthquake means there is even greater need to raise money to support our response in Nepal. Just £5 could help provide an emergency kit.



Thurs 13 May 10.29: Our colleague Holly Miller is helping our emergency response in Nepal and experienced the second earthquake herself. Her letter to the Evening Standard calling on people to donate to our appeal was published in yesterday's newspaper.



As Holly says, this latest phase of the disaster means "there is a serious risk of further damage to highly unstable buildings and that even more people will be unable to go home." 

If you haven't had the chance to donate yet - please donate now. It only takes two minutes but will make a big difference to people in Nepal.


Wed 12 May 18:01: When people have lost everything, friendship becomes more important than ever. It's amazing to see such strength to stay positve and support one another.



Wed 12 May 17.14: Roads being blocked by more collapsed buildings means big traffic jams on the few roads that are clear. This makes it much more difficult for our teams to move around and buy and distribute aid.



Wed 12 May 15.06: Before the second Nepal quake hit we had reached over 48,000 people with emergency food aid and we were aiming to reach 77,000 by the end of May.

Ichok village residents collect food relief bags in Nepal

Because of the second quake, our teams estimate that our relief effort has probably been set back by about 10 days, but we're doing everything we can to speed this up.

The best way for you to help is still to donate. Please give anything you can now.

Wed 12 May 13.04: The second quake has caused many more buildings to collapse, which has blocked more roads. 

Collapsed buildings in Bhaktapur, Kathmandu, Nepal.

This may mean it's much harder for our teams to deliver supplies to the remote communities that urgently need food and shelter to survive.

Wed 13 May 10.08: Though the second Nepal earthquake has not taken as many lives compared to the first, it has traumatised survivors all over again, just as they were beginning to recover, and resurfaced terrible memories from two weeks ago.

Woman and child in Kathmandu after the second Nepal earthquake

The new threat of falling buildings means that lives are still at risk and people are once again living in fear.


Our teams in Nepal are doing all they can to respond to this second disaster. But we need your help.

Please make a donation now to support our response

Eyewitness account

Tue 12 May 13.12: Holly describes what it was like when the second earthquake hit:

It was terrifying. Three of my colleagues and I were sitting in a café in one of the most affected areas in Nepal, preparing to speak with business owners who have set up shop in Kathmandu Darbur Square, following the original quake. The table we were sitting at started shaking and we jumped up and pushed our way out of the café. I left everything – my bag: passport, laptop. In the small, built up street, everybody was running and we tried to work out which way to run.
The earth was shaking – it was like nothing I’ve ever experienced. We could hear the bricks from already-crumpled buildings falling loudly to the ground. I was shaking as much as the earth. People were screaming. One of my Nepali colleagues and I held onto each other tightly and ran with the rest of the team and others to the nearby square and pushed our way as close to the centre – as far away from the buildings around as possible.

Holly Miller reporting from Durbar Square in Kathmandu

“Hundreds of others were there – and almost everyone was on the phone, trying to establish whether their families were safe. People were crying – it was clear that the trauma of the initial shake was very much affecting them. I was very much aware that the buildings weren’t structurally sound and that they could fall at any time. Bricks fell from them as we watched.
“As we stood there, another tremor rocked the square, and we watched as the buildings rocked back and forth. The team and I stood close together, holding onto each other while texting colleagues and family to let them know we were ok.” 

Thousands of people like Holly will have been traumatised by similar experiences. It is a serious set-back to families and communities who were only just beginning to pick up their lives. Please help us support them.

Tue 12 May 12.56: As at 16:00 local time (UTC +5:45), there are reports so far of 24 people dead and another 543 injured, but these figures are likely to rise as more information comes in.

People gathered in the new road junction to stay away from possible damage.

Tue 12 May 11.31: Our photographer Srikanth Kolariin Nepal was with Holly when the earthquake struck. He says:

"I was with Holly to gather stories when the (second) earthquake hit. We were at Darbhar Square and people started screaming "kaliyug" (which according to the Hindu religion means time of devil)."

Tue 12 May 11.02: After recovering from the immediate trauma of the earthquake Holly has shared what happened with us:

“We were in the middle of Kathmandu having a coffee and planning our work schedule when the earthquake struck. The Nepali members of the team told us to get out of the building. Everyone was trying to work out which way to run.


“All around us people were crying out to make sure people were safe. I was shaking uncontrollably. The most important job is now to contact our colleagues across Nepal to establish what the situation is so we can respond effectively to this latest earthquake.”

Tue 12 May 11.02: One of our communications specialists Holly Miller was in Kathmandu when the second earthquake struck this morning. We're very relieved to hear from her that our team are ok.


Tue 12 May 10.06: Our Emergencies Director Richard Miller has just returned from helping coordinate our emergency response in Nepal. He's been in contact with our staff in Nepal this morning and has just spoken on BBC Breaking news.


Richard explained that many people have only just begun to have the confidence to return to their homes. Now they won't be able to. He said everyone is extremely traumatised.

Tue 12 May 8.56: This morning we were appalled to hear about the second earthquake that his hit Nepal.

According to the US Geological Survey the quake had a magnitude of 7.3 and struck 42 miles (68km) west of the town of Namche Bazaar, near Mount Everest. People felt tremors  as far away as Delhi in India, and Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh.

This second earthquake means the people of Nepal will need our help more than ever. Please donate now.


Photos by Srikanth Kolari/ActionAid