Nepal Earthquake Recovery Apeal Strategic Overview(2).pdf

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In the outlying areas damage is yet to be accurately documented but reports that have come in evidence
large-scale devastation across swathes of the countryside. Despite the impact on Kathmandu, Lalitpur and
Bhaktapur being proportionally less devastating in terms of fatalities, casualties and houses destroyed
than outlying districts, the cultural devastation in these three districts is very high, with the risk of internal
displacement to Kathmandu straining already burdened social services and infrastructure. The potential for
the spread of epidemics in such a situation, is particularly high and dangerous.

The earthquake was extreme consisting of around 2 minutes of intense, fierce tremors reaching a magnitude
of 7.8 Richter scale and 99+ aftershocks, some of 6 and 7 Richter scale, although these aftershocks are
less frequent, they have not entirely subsided. The population is traumatized, after people have lost family
members, suffered injuries themselves, lost their homes and their livelihood and the future of recovery
remains uncertain.
A large earthquake relief effort mobilised immediately after the initial earthquake, involving a very diverse
range of different actors (the Army, INGO’s, NGO’s, Civil Society Groups, Individuals, to name but a few) the
need is still great and many places still haven’t received any aid at all.