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More than 3,700 dead after powerful Nepal earthquake

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A 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck Nepal on Saturday, toppling buildings and creating avalanches in the Himalayas.

News outlets report than more than 3,700 people have died and more than 6,500 people have been injured. The numbers are expected to rise as more remote areas are accessed.

Information remains difficult to obtain, especially from the northern part called Semjong, Barpak, which is the epicentre. Thus far, no information about how many people are lost, missing, or injured in that region has been recieved.

World Vision initiates disaster response in Nepal

World Vision has sent a team to assess the damage in rural areas. In some of the remote areas, staff heading out for assessments are finding both roads and trails blocked by landslides, making access extremely difficult.

After search and rescue, World Vision disaster management staff say initial needs are potable water, food, household supplies, temporary shelter, and protection for children.

In the initial phase, our response will target 100,000 people in the worst-affected areas of Bhaktapur, Gorkha, Kathmandu, Lalitpur, and Lamjung.

We will be working to meet immediate needs including providing first aid kits, sleeping mats, blankets and jerry cans; temporary shelter; and protection for children. World Vision has begun to distribute 1,000 tarpaulins and 600 blankets in Bhaktapur, one of the worst hit areas,

We are also setting up six Child-Friendly Spaces so that children have a safe space to play following the trauma of the quake.

Disaster management experts from World Vision’s operations around the region — including in neighboring India and Bangladesh — are on standby to provide relief assistance to the Nepal response. Some supplies were pre-positioned in Nepal, while others will be airlifted in from Dubai.

We’re working with the government and partners to assess the situation and respond to the need of children and their communities. We work with 43 local partner organization in our operating districts.

In Nepal, World Vision has 73 projects managed by 205 staff.

Nepal among places most vulnerable to quakes

Nepal has long ranked at the top of the list of places most vulnerable to earthquakes, according to experts.

Before the earthquake, World Vision was implementing earthquake preparedness training for communities and workshops for schools to help reduce the risks associated with earthquakes. This preparedness work was done in Lalitpur and Rupandehi Districts for about 65,000 people.

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Story originally posted on the World Vision website.

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