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Earthquake in Nepal: The latest update and how you can help

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On Friday, Nov. 3, a powerful earthquake hit western Nepal causing havoc across the region. Photo: Navraj Sharma/CARE

On Friday, Nov. 3, a powerful earthquake hit western Nepal causing havoc across the region. Photo: Navraj Sharma/CARE

A magnitude-6.4 earthquake struck western Nepal on Nov. 3, at 11:47 pm local time, killing at least 150 people, and injuring several hundred more. It was the most devastating earthquake to hit the country since 2015.

The figures are likely to rise, given the widespread devastation in the rugged districts of Jajarkot and Rukum, 310 miles west of Kathmandu. Communication has been disrupted in remote locations and landslides have blocked highways in some places, hampering search and rescue operations.

Most of the houses in the affected regions are vulnerable to earthquakes since they are constructed with stone masonry in mud mortar: a mixture of sand, water, and clay. As a result, around 40 percent of the houses are reported to be damaged, forcing many to take refuge in neighbor’s houses, schools or other safe locations.

Transition shelters with winterization support and safe shelters for women and vulnerable are critical. Pregnant and lactating mothers, infants, children, girls, and people with disabilities are especially vulnerable. They are under constant stress and psychosocial trauma and are living outdoors with limited provision of toilets and night-time lighting.

Al Jazeera report on Nepal earthquake

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By now winter has set in, adding another layer of difficulty. Many survivors need blankets, warm clothes, tents, protection, and emotional support.

“There is no place to take shelter; perhaps relief materials will arrive,” Hari Bahadur Chunara told the BBC, while Hattiram Mahar told the news agency that he was worried for children spending another night in the cold, without a roof above their heads.

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Fully damaged houses at Khalanga of Bheri Municipality Jajarkot. Photo: HRDC Jajarkot/CARE

“CARE Nepal has already dispatched a first round of support relief supplies, including blankets, shelter kits, dignity kits, and kitchen utensils, which will benefit 250 households,” says Mona Sherpa, CARE Nepal Country Director. “We are also planning to distribute relief supplies to the most vulnerable, with specific focus on women, girls, children and people with disabilities.”


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CARE Nepal is working with the government and other humanitarian organizations to ensure immediate and long-term assistance for earthquake-affected people. Photo: HRDC Jajarkot

“The affected population will need sustained, long-term support in the days ahead, such as reconstruction of houses, water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) facilities, food, agriculture, livelihood, protection, and sexual and reproductive health services,” adds Sherpa of CARE Nepal, which has been operating in the country since 1978.

“We therefore urge our partners and donors to support both immediate and long-term response efforts.”


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