Nepal Earthquake Factsheet

To better understand the situation in Nepal after the earthquake, here are some important  facts to consider:

  • Nepal is one of the world’s poorest countries.[1]
  • The earthquakes last April were the worst and most destructive since the earthquake in 1932, which destroyed the capital of Kathmandu and other districts. 
  • The overall earthquake damages are estimated to equal about $ 10 billion.[2]
  • 8 million people are estimated to be have been affected by the earthquakes.[3
  • 2.8 million people are estimated to be have been displaced as one of the earthquakes consequences.[4]
  • 10,194 people are estimated to have been injured by the earthquakes.[5]
  • 70,000 children are at risk of malnutrition and require urgent medical attention and basic life support such as housing and food.[6]
  • 39 of Nepal’s 75 districts have been affected by the earthquakes.[7]
  • According to the official government’s statement, 14 districts have been highly affected. There are: Kathmandu, Rasuwa, Nuwakot, Dhading, Gorkha, Sindhupalchok, Ramechap, Sindhuli, Dolakha, Okhaldhunga, Lalitpur, Bhaktapur, Kavrepalanchok, Makwanpur.[8]
  • Numerous cultural heritage and historic sites and temples have been completely damaged during the earthquakes and aftershocks.[9]
  • Another consequence of the earthquakes is the severe damage to the infrastructure and blockades of highways by landslides.[10]
  • Schools, colleges, businesses, malls, and jails have also been severely damaged.[11]
  • Rescue teams still have not been able to reach all affected areas because of the rain, dry landslides, and avalanches.
  • Many places are suffering from an outbreak of different communicable diseases. Thousands of people are affected.[12]
  • Even before the earthquake the infrastructure and homes were built feebly. Due to the low income of the Nepalese, the majority of Nepalese people are unable to have their homes professionally rebuilt with an overview of an engineer.[13] 

People are in urgent need of: food, shelter and medical assistance.

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