Disaster strikes again in Nepal
Today, Nepal was hit by a new, and powerful, 7.3-magnitude earthquake . This recent quake was nearly as strong as the one that struck the country on April 25, killing over 8,000 people and leaving millions in need of humanitarian aid. Aftershocks have been frequent and ongoing and heavy rains have spurred concerns of landslides and further damage to already affected communities.
An already devastating situation has become even worse.
Providing protection, emergency relief and psychosocial support to children and affected communities has never been more critical.
With this second earthquake has come additional destruction and a revival of fear and uncertainty. A severe threat to immediate safety has re-emerged, while ongoing risks remain.
Those who were severely affected by the April 25 earthquake would be particularly vulnerable to this second strike. There were already tens of thousands of people sleeping outside, their homes damaged or destroyed. Some had even just returned to their houses and could now be in serious danger.
Securing access to healthcare, proper sanitation and clean water was already essential -- now it will be that much more critical. And with monsoon season just weeks away, the need for shelter and these crucial resources is especially urgent.
When disaster hits, children are always the most affected. Many Nepalese children had been experiencing significant trauma from the first earthquake and persistent aftershocks. Unfortunately, the latest quake will now resurface and heighten emotional and psychological stress for these children.
“For the past two weeks, we have prioritised the mental health and well being of children, so that they can begin to cope with the earthquake that hit weeks ago. Another earthquake like today – nearly as strong as the first one – will only send children back to their original state of fear” says, Plan Nepal Country Director, Mattias Bryneson.
The people of Nepal need our help now more than ever.
At this time -- more than ever -- responding with emergency relief and emotional and psychological support for children and affected communities is crucial. And your support is vital.
Plan Canada has been working hand-in-hand with the communities of Nepal since 1978. Our staff were on the ground when the earthquake struck on April 25th and have been there ever since. We've been working around the clock to collaborate with partners to offer aid as quickly and effectively as possible.
With your support, we've been ensuring our relief efforts keep children and the most vulnerable as top priorities, while ensuring that even the most secluded, remote communities are reached. And that's exactly what we need to keep doing.
But we can't do it without you.
“The aftershocks continue to happen, people have flooded the streets in Kathmandu. Right now, we are setting out operations outside, waiting for the aftershocks to subside,” said Mike Bruce, Regional Communications Manager, who is in Kathmandu.
"As we begin our assessments in the areas affected by today’s earthquake, it will be absolutely critical that we address the core needs of children," adds Bryneson.
Together, we can continue to ensure that every affected child and person receives the immediate relief they need -- helping save more lives and continue to support recovery.
Plan is proud to participate in the HUMANITARIAN COALITION, comprised of Plan Canada, CARE Canada, Oxfam Canada, Oxfam-Québec, Save the Children Canada, five of Canada’s largest relief agencies. By joining our efforts, the HUMANITARIAN COALITION will increase the impact of Canadian humanitarian responses and reduce administrative costs.
To find out more, visit the HUMANITARIAN COALITION website at together.ca