CARE is responding to the 7.8-magnitude earthquake that rocked Nepal on April 25 - the worst quake to hit that country in more than 80 years. Families urgently need clean water, food, emergency shelter and medical assistance. Thousands have died and thousands more are injured. In Nepal since 1978, CARE is appealing for immediate funds to ramp-up our emergency response and support the longer-term recovery of quake survivors.
People urgently need clean water, emergency shelters and medical assistance. More than 5,500 people have died; this number will rise. Extensive damage is apparent in Kathmandu valley, and it's reported that in remote areas such as Gorkha, the situation is of grave concern. Ensuring support to these remote areas - where relief is not readily available - will be a key focus of CARE response. CARE aims to reach 100,000 people with lifesaving aid such as emergency shelter and clean water
The very first wave of CARE's response will focus on the distribution of emergency supplies such as family kits. The kits include blankets, tarps, clothes and hygiene items such as soap and toothbrushes. CARE is placing particular focus on meeting the needs of pregnant women, new mothers and children, and will distribute water purification tablets to provide clean water, family kits and hygiene kits, and food.
We know from previous disasters that this will be a long-term response, to help the people of Nepal survive the initial disaster, but also to rebuild their homes, infrastructure and lives. As more assessments are completed and the response evolves, CARE will transition to provide more durable solutions, allowing families to build back safer and reduce their vulnerability to future natural disasters. Moreover, CARE will take special consideration on the impact of women and girls.