Life goes on after the disaster

Two massive earthquakes struck Nepal a year ago. Almost 9,000 people died and nearly a million buildings were destroyed. Over five million people suffered from the consequences of the earthquake. The Red Cross has been there since the start of the disaster.

International Red Cross aid
  • Over three million people have been assisted in Nepal
  • 2.5 million people received food aid
  • 247,839 people received clean water
  • 560,000 people received supplies for temporary housing
  • 56,250 people received aid from the Red Cross clinics
Finnish Red Cross aid
  • 48 aid workers
  • A logistics unit
  • A healthcare clinic
  • Developing disaster resistance before and after earthquakes
  • Improving the livelihoods and living conditions of those most vulnerable
  • Funding: The Finnish Red CrossDisaster Relief Fund and the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland

On 25 April 2015, the world of the people in Nepal changed when the ground shook with a magnitude-7.8 earthquake. Even the groundwater currents changed, which is why the Red Cross established new water points in the mountain villages.

The earth shook for weeks. Many of the houses that survived the first impact collapsed during the aftershocks. The people of Nepal are frightened when they go to sleep: what if I wake up to a new earthquake and I’m not as lucky this time?

New shops are opening in Singati

 

The earthquakes impacted 14 of Nepal’s 75 provinces. Singati was almost completely destroyed. In July, the Red Cross opened a clinic in the area and treated 5,729 patients in the course of four months.

The rebuilding is now in progress. People are anxious to get a roof over their heads before the monsoon rains fall down from the sky. New shops have appeared in the alleys and life is again full of busy commerce.

The Red Cross receives praise in Singati. The chairperson of the local Red Cross district says that the organisation was the only one that helped the locals.

Towards a new home

After a year, many people still live in temporary shelters that were built from aid supplies: corrugated steel and tarpaulins.

The rebuilding is due to start properly very soon. The government of the country has reserved money to support people’s building of earthquake-resistant houses.

Life is hard, says an older Nepalese couple. The old lady has only recently recovered from a leg injury, and she is not yet fit for field work. Fortunately, the couple’s son lives nearby. He survived the earthquake even though he was buried by a pile of stones and had to be dug out. The couple is not certain about where they will find food. The winter was cold, but fortunately the Red Cross has distributed money that allowed the couple to buy warm clothes and blankets.