Nepal Earthquake 2015

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May 25, 2015: With monsoon season coming, there are hundreds and thousands of people without permanent shelter, so finding shelter solutions over the next two months will be extremely important, especially in rural areas," warned Mark Smith, senior director of emergency affairs at World Vision. Clean water – especially in light of the upcoming monsoon season – is of major concern in Nepal.

Water is already fairly scarce within the Kathmandu valley even at the best of times.

Moreover, with Nepalis resorting to camping outdoors, the lack of proper hygiene facilities and broken sewage systems heighten the risk of diarrheal disease epidemics. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that only 27 percent of the population has access to adequate sanitation, adding that diarrheal diseases, dysentery, cholera and typhoid are the primary causes of death in the country

PLOS Medicine, a peer-reviewed weekly medical journal covering the full spectrum of medical sciences, just published its latest evaluation of Nepal after the recent earthquakes and the vaccine-preventable diseases looming on Nepal’s horizon. PLOS’s dispatch was written by Lorenz von Seidlein and posted on May 21, 2015:

May 12, 2015: Another earthquake, 7.3 magnitude, struck Nepal yesterday, its epicenter near Namche Bazaar in the Everest Region. Luckily the impact was less severe than the first, but still at least 32 people dead and over 1,000 injured. This only adds to the desperate need for shelter and food before the monsoon season comes in June.

April 25, 2015: a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck in the center of Nepal. Its epicentre was 75 km. northwest of Kathmandu (35 km. east of Lamjung), causing severe damage and triggering avalanches in the surrounding regions. Langtang, Kathmandu Valley, and the Everest Region suffered the most damage, with the village of Langtang being completely wiped out by a landslide.

It's been a hard time for everyone, with the loss of family members, homes, entire savings, and historical landmarks. On the other hand, it's brought the people of Nepal together in the face of adversity and strengthened bonds with those from outside Nepal who offered aid.

With the death toll estimated at 7500, along with 10,000 injured and 1.4 million in need of food assistance, there is still a need for assistance. We've compiled a list of reliable, effective groups working hard to bring support to the people of Nepal. If you're able to, please consider donating time, money, or volunteering via the links below.

Official Numbers

Deaths 8,452
Injured 19,009
Displaced 450,000
# of aftershocks 158
Nepal earthquake on

What's Needed

  • The monsoon season is a month away, making shelter an urgent need;
  • Because of sanitation problems, there is a high risk of disease;
  • Lack of electricity and water supply;
  • Basic necessities like food, water purification tablets, medicine, blankets, and tents are still needed;
  • Support for the long-term rebuilding of homes, villages, and historical landmarks.
Tents in a field by Lokesh Todi

How to Volunteer

We're in the process of collecting a list of organizations and groups that travellers can volunteer with if they plan to come to Nepal in the near future.

Nepal Earthquake Response
Our team of experienced disaster relief professionals has been coordinating groups of 20 – 50 volunteers (already on the ground) a day. We have supported Catholic Relief Services and Unicef in distributing thousands of emergency supplies (shelter and sanitation kits, food, water) and creating child friendly spaces in Kathmandu. Our response strategy is to continue to support local and international organizations by mobilizing local volunteers in distribution, rubble removal and deconstruction. We anticipate opening the project to volunteers once infrastructure is in place and projects identified — within a few weeks.

Missing Person Finders

Google Person Finder
List someone you're looking for or provide information on missing persons. Google has launched a People Finder tool to help victims touch base with friends and loved ones. It allows users to look for victims or post information about people, and it also works by text messaging.
ICRC - Register a Missing Person
Register a missing person or list yourself as 'safe'. Individuals can access these lists directly on the webpage to look for the names of their family members or register themselves as safe or in danger.
TAAN (Nepal) Missing Trekker Form
TAAN is trying to track the whereabouts of missing trekkers. Kindly help us by providing information about your missing trekkers and support staff by filling up this form ASAP. It will help us to coordinate with government agencies for rescue works.
Langtang Missing/Found Person Database
A list of people missing in Langtang that anyone can post updates to.
Langtang Missing/Found Person Facebook Group
Public FB group for people with loved ones missing/found/stranded in the Langtang region
Facebook Safety Check
Quickly find and connect with friends in the area. Mark them safe if you know they're OK.


5 replies
  1. Namaste!! im really glad to see these post thank you .

    • Thanks, Raju. Here’s hoping that everyone in Nepal is getting the support they need.

  2. yes, you are right right must of the place and must of the people got support. now its raining season and windy so it makes problem.and i have no word to say thanks with your positiveness..give us to opportunity to meet with you when you here in Nepal. thanks

    have good time

  3. Tajir

    Nan FergusonHardly any words to describe such an eaetrhel place. To BE there must be a bit mid blowing. I hope both you and Rikki enjoy your separate retreats. Be careful in them thar hills. Peace to Rikki.

  4. I would Like to cooperate for each reservation to my hostel one dollar could be asigned to this campaign… how can I proceed?

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