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On April 25th, 2015, Nepal was struck by the first of two devastating earthquakes. Almost 9,000 lives were lost with another 18,000 injured.
“This earthquake struck in a highly populated area, resulting in a significant humanitarian impact”, says Hossam Elsharkawi, Director of International Emergencies and Recovery for the Canadian Red Cross. From the onset, shelter, water and health were urgent priorities.
With your donations, all of these priority areas were addressed by the Canadian Red Cross:
More than 900,000 houses were damaged or destroyed during the earthquake, leaving people without shelter against monsoon rains, summer heat and winter cold. As part of the rebuilding phase, the Red Cross distributed building materials and trained people in the construction of homes that will stand up better to the threat of future earthquakes.
The earthquakes disrupted water supplies for hundreds of thousands of people, increasing the risk of disease. The Red Cross worked to provide access to clean water and restore water and sanitation infrastructure. Supplying water is critical for washing, drinking, cooking and farming.
In the hard-hit community of Dhunche, close to the earthquake’s epicentre, the Red Cross team quickly set up a field hospital to provide life-saving medical assistance. Doctors, nurses, surgeons, technicians – all with the simple desire to help – worked around the clock to treat thousands of survivors. The field hospital was handed over to the Nepalese Red Cross to serve the community as it continues to recover.
Your contributions continue to have a lasting impact in Nepal as we help people and communities with their long-term needs. Thank you for making our work possible!