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7 Essential Facts About the 2015 Nepal Earthquake

GlobalGiving is working tirelessly with our partners on the ground to respond to the devastating earthquake in Nepal, and you can support their work by making a donation today.

Here’s what you need to know now about the situation in Nepal:

1. On April 25, 2015 at 11AM local time, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal northeast the capital of Kathmandu. Seventeen days later on May 12, a major 7.3 magnitude aftershock occurred to west of Kathmandu.

2. The earthquake was the worst natural disaster to hit the south Asian country since the Nepal-Bihar earthquake in 1934. More than 8,800 Nepalis died in the earthquake’s aftermath, and more than 22,000 were injured.

3. Damage was widespread throughout the country, and hundreds of thousands of people were left homeless as entire communities were leveled by the quake. The earthquake also triggered an avalanche on Mount Everest, resulting in the deaths of at least 19 climbers.

4. Numerous UNESCO World Heritage sites in Nepal were damaged or destroyed by the earthquake, including the iconic Dharahara Tower in Kathmandu.

5. The massive damage and disruption caused by the earthquake put the people of Nepal at greater risk from the coming monsoon season, and observers have warned of after-effects including increases in human trafficking and outbreaks of diseases borne of poor sanitation such as cholera.

6. In the immediate aftermath of the earthquake, the international aid community mobilized to provide a range of support to the people of Nepal, including emergency search and rescue teams to save survivors trapped under collapsed buildings, shipments of food and clean water, temporary shelters, medical care, fuel, and more.

Vetted, high-impact GlobalGiving partners on the ground are starting what will be a long-term rebuilding and recovery in Nepal. Their efforts include:

  • Rebuilding and restoring houses, schools, hospitals, bridges and other buildings and infrastructure
  • Finding homes for orphaned children
  • Providing psychosocial support to survivors 
  • Supporting children whose school year was disrupted by the earthquake
  • Continuing to supply those Nepalis still in temporary shelters with food, water, medical care, and more

How you can help Nepal earthquake survivors

Donate to our Nepal Earthquake Relief Fund. You can support all of that work and more with one donation to the Nepal Earthquake Relief Fund, which is supporting more than 70 locally-driven nonprofit organizations committed to seeing a full recovery for the people of Nepal.

Fundraise to support survivors. You can mobilize your friends and family to donate to Nepal relief efforts by using GlobalGiving’s free peer-to-peer fundraising tools.

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