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Nepal: Supporting earthquake affected communities

Plan International Ireland

Plan International staff member allocating winterisation kits to vunerable famalies

On 25 April 2015 an earthquake with aftershocks of 7.3 to 7.7 on the Richter scale struck the hilly region of Central Nepal, killing almost 9,000 people, injuring 17,866 others and causing significant infrastructure damage.

On 25 April 2015 an earthquake with aftershocks of 7.3 to 7.7 on the Richter scale struck the hilly region of Central Nepal, killing almost 9,000 people, injuring 17,866 others and causing significant infrastructure damage.

Tirtha Bahadur Tamang, from Simpalkavre Village, lost his home when the earthquake struck. His entire village collapsed into dust, and lethal landslides swept through his farm killing his five goats, two cows and his prized buffalo. As winter approached, and with no warm clothing for his family, Tirtha had to stay awake at night to make sure the fire, their only source of heat, was safe.

Life has been difficult but it got better thanks to Plan International and Irish Aid, when Tirtha and his family of six were provided with temporary shelter, warm clothes and bedding. Now he does not need to worry about keeping the fire burning through the night.

In advance of winter, Plan International launched a quick response project in December 2015 providing life-saving winterisation assistance, including shelter and clothing, to earthquake-affected communities. The project targeted vulnerable families in remote areas exposed to harsh winter weather.

Winter kits consisting of items such as clothes and temporary shelters were distributed to 2,400 vulnerable households in the earthquake affected Village Development Committees in Sindhupalchowk District and Internally Displaced Peoples camps in Makwanpur.

This project, part of a co-ordinated series of interventions in earthquake-affected communities, aims to build resilience to disasters and support reconstruction and rehabilitation activities.