DISASTER RESPONSE
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DISASTER RESPONSE

  • Nepal earthquake: The loss of much more than just a home
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    Nepal earthquake: The loss of much more than just a home

    Earthquakes, perhaps more than any other type of disaster, are a shelter disaster. In Nepal this is more the case than any disaster I’ve known – but the effects of the earthquake are far from simple, and the knock-on effects go beyond people just lacking a roof over their heads. During the second major e... Read More

  • Invisible destruction
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    Invisible destruction

    Sameer is the English teacher in his village in Gorkha. He worries about his students’ psychological well-being after the two big earthquakes. Sameer hastens up steep slopes, and moves down small winding trails through deep river valleys. His flip-flops make a clacking sound, as he paces through his village in the mountains of Gorkha. Around ... Read More

  • Setting up an emergency response from scratch
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    Setting up an emergency response from scratch

    Emmanuel Lan Chun Yang is the Regional Emergency Coordinator for Asia Pacific. He was deployed as part of the emergency response team for the Nepal earthquake as Field Team Leader in the district of Gorkha where the epicentre of the earthquake was located. Read More

  • Nepal Earthquake moved everything, including my life
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    Nepal Earthquake moved everything, including my life

    20th May, 2015. 3am on Saturday 25 April 2015, the phone rang in my hotel room just outside of Atlanta, Georgia, USA where I was staying for a meeting with CARE USA colleagues. A big earthquake had hit Nepal; the country where I am Country Director and my adopted home. My first thought was for the safety of my staff, but mor... Read More

  • Nepal Earthquake: How will I take care of my newborn baby?
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    Nepal Earthquake: How will I take care of my newborn baby?

    13th May, 2015. Rita was just outside her home tying up the cow when all of a sudden the earth started shaking knocking her to the ground. While most people were trying to get out of their houses, Rita rushed to get inside where her four-year-old daughter and newborn son were napping, but the house came tumbling down into a heap ... Read More

  • Nepal Earthquake: United in tragedy
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    Nepal Earthquake: United in tragedy

    11th May, 2015. It is hard to fathom that in a matter of seconds, an entire village could be turned into a heap of rubble. But that’s exactly what happened in Baruwa.  Like many of these remote villages, access to Baruwa has been cut off by landslides from the earthquake. The only way to get in is by helicopter ... Read More

  • Two earthquakes in one lifetime
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    Two earthquakes in one lifetime

    6th May, 2015. At 2:13pm on 15January 1934 Nepal was rocked by an 8.0 magnitude earthquake that killed over 8,500 people and destroyed thousands of homes. At the time 20 year old Kaman Sing Jhapa Magar was preparing to celebrate the festival of Magagsenskrati with his family. Now - 80 years later - Kaman is reliving the nightmare... Read More

  • A community devastated by earthquake
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    A community devastated by earthquake

    5th May, 2015. The idyllic village of Paslang lies nestled among Nepal’s high mountain ranges. With picture-postcard views across the valley and a close-knit and welcoming community it is the ideal spot for homestay projects for foreigners and Nepalese from other areas of the country. But as of 25 April the village has been almost totall... Read More

  • Living in Fear through the second earthquake in Nepal
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    Living in Fear through the second earthquake in Nepal

    April 26, 2015. The second earthquake hit this afternoon, and everybody started screaming. Everyone is afraid that there is going to be another, stronger earthquake. My nieces and nephews keep asking us, “Is there going to be another earthquake? Are we going to die?” We tell them that it will be okay, but they don’t believe us. ... Read More

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