The first ShelterBox response team has arrived in Nepal to assess humanitarian aid options following a massive earthquake measuring 7.8 in magnitude.
The quake occurred between the major cities of Kathmandu and Pokhara, with tremors felt as far away as Delhi in India. More than 3,600 people are reported to have died and an estimated 6,500 have sustained injury following the earthquake.
Assessments are being made by the onsite ShelterBox response team, Phil Duloy (UK) and Nicola Hinds (UK). A second response team, consisting of Becky Maynard (UK) and Liz O’Dell (UK), has been activated. ShelterBox already has aid, including tents, prepositioned in the country, which could be used as emergency clinics, as well as shelters in the immediate aftermath.
Current conditions are reported to be quiet with very little electricity or lighting. There is widespread fear as tremors occurred again on Monday and further seismic activity is expected. Worse conditions are expected in the surrounding rural areas as an estimated 70% of all structures have been destroyed. Weather conditions will soon compound the situation with incoming rain, thunderstorms and snow in high altitudes.
Sadly, ShelterBox has responded to several disasters in Nepal throughout the years. Most recently ShelterBox provided aid to people who had lost their homes in the north of the country due to flooding and landslides in late 2014.
Donations are critical for future responses as aid supplies potentially diminish with the situation in Nepal. Please visitwww.shelterboxusa.org/donate and help us continue to provide shelter, warmth and dignity to those in need around the world.