Go to main content

Nepal: Handicap International teams deploy immediately to support victims of second earthquake

Emergency
Nepal

Following the devastating earthquake on 25th April, a second major earthquake struck Nepal on the afternoon of 12th May. The epicentre of the latest quake was 42 miles west of the town of Namche Bazaar, close to Mount Everest. Nearly 2,000 people were injured as a result, and the numbers are rising. In total, over 20,000 people have been injured in the two earthquakes.

Rubble from the 2nd earthquake in Nepal.

Rubble from the 2nd earthquake in Nepal. | © ADH /TIMM SCHAMBERGER

Please donate to our Nepal emergency appeal

To donate by text: Text HIUK16 £5 to 70070 to donate to our Nepal emergency appeal
To donate over the telephone, please call our supporter care team on: 0870 774 3737.

Physiotherapists deployed

Audrey Lecomte, the head of Handicap International’s emergency actions in Nepal described the scene: “The earthquake was disastrous and there was a lot of chaos; but people are well prepared now, and immediately did the right thing by going outside”.

Handicap International responded immediately to the second earthquake. As Audrey explains: “We deployed ten physiotherapists in hospitals in Kathmandu and two physiotherapists in a hospital in the countryside in Nuwakot, to support people injured in the new earthquake. Two teams were set up to assess the needs of people affected by the disaster in Kavre and Kirtipur.”

Follow-up care is vital

With health services already stretched to the limit, hospitals have been overwhelmed by this new wave of injured casualties. People injured in the first earthquake are being discharged, and it is vital that they receive follow up care. The continuing tremors and aftershocks have further complicated the situation, with many patients preferring to sleep outside.

Handicap International’s teams continue to work around the clock. In addition to our ongoing activities, this week saw the start of the distribution of 1,500 emergency kits, which include high-quality tents for families. With high winds and rains expected over the next few weeks, the tents will be vital.

Where your support helps

Read more

Humanity & Inclusion condemns the unending bombardment of besieged Eastern Ghouta Emergency Explosive weapons

Humanity & Inclusion condemns the unending bombardment of besieged Eastern Ghouta

The extreme escalation of bombardment in the besieged area of Eastern Ghouta in the past 48 hours has caused more than 200 civilian deaths and extensive damage to infrastructure – particularly hospitals, clinics and shelters where civilians are taking refuge. 390,000 civilians are besieged under heavy shelling, airstrikes and barrel bomb attacks in the enclave of Eastern Ghouta, with dwindling water, food and medical supplies.

More than 10,000 refugees in Burundi: HI assisting the most vulnerable
© HI
Emergency

More than 10,000 refugees in Burundi: HI assisting the most vulnerable

Following ongoing clashes in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo, more than 10,000 people, mostly Congolese, have taken refuge in the south and southwest of Burundi since 24th January 2018. HI is preparing to launch an emergency response in aid of these refugees.

New humanitarian standards launched for inclusion of older people and people with disabilities
© Elisa Fourt/HI
Emergency Inclusion

New humanitarian standards launched for inclusion of older people and people with disabilities

A new set of inclusion standards that provide humanitarian organisations with guidance to ensure older people and people with disabilities are not marginalised in emergency responses has been launched on 7th February.