Nepal earthquake

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  • Photo: Miguel Samper for Mercy Corps

In April 2015, a massive 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal, just northwest of the capital of Kathmandu. It was the worst quake to strike the region in more than 80 years, killing thousands of people and injuring thousands more.

A second, 7.3 magnitude earthquake hit less than a month later, causing more suffering for those who survived the initial quake.

Mercy Corps has been working in Nepal since 2006, and has a deep knowledge of the environment, cultural context and local needs. With more than 100 mostly local staff members, we have one of the largest humanitarian teams on the ground reaching hard-to-reach and overlooked villages.

In the days and weeks after the quake, we provided emergency supplies to survivors, including clothing, blankets, water purification liquid, cooking utensils, mosquito nets and shelter materials. To help people recover for the long term, we distributed cash so they could buy important items and begin to rebuild their lives.

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