On the 25th of April 2015, life stopped in Nepal. The country was struck by an extraordinarily powerful earthquake with its epicenter in Ghorka, around 70 kilometers away from the Nepalese capital Katmandu. On the 12th of May, Nepal was hit by a fresh earthquake of magnitude 7.3 with its epicenter in Malteser International’s area of operations.
The official death from both of the quakes lies at 8.844, with more than 22,000 people wounded.
Santa Maya Bishwokarma belongs to one of the 800,000 families whose houses were destroyed or severely damaged. Hundreds of thousands are still living in temporary shelters.
Around 2.8 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance.
Roads, hospitals and schools, as well as the water and power supply were all severely damaged, disrupted, and often destroyed by the earthquake.
Santa Maya and her son Bhola are two of the survivors in the village of Sipaghat. When the earthquake struck on the 25th April Santa Maya was working in the village. Fortunately, she was not injured but lost her home and some cattle.
Her son, however, was inside the house and was badly injured when the cement wall fall down on him.
In the days following the earthquake she received tarpaulins from Malteser International and is now staying with neighbors in a temporary shelter: a tent they built together with material from aid organizations.
They have to share the tent with 5 other families, about 30 people in total.
She and her family were able to survive thanks to the distribution of rice and dal, as well as hygiene kits, by Malteser International in the aftermath of the disaster.
On the day following the first earthquake, a Malteser International advance team was dispatched to the crisis region to provide emergency relief. After providing initial emergency medical and psychological aid to the survivors in Katmandu, Malteser International is now concentrating its efforts on the population of the outlying rural regions: distributing aid materials to families in need, and supporting hospitals as they provide medical care to the uncounted numbers of casualties.
In total, 28,000 people - 4,600 families - received food (rice, dal, salt and oil) as well as hygiene kits, emergency shelters and toolkits to clear rubble and debris.
Around 70 patients come every day to our field hospital in Lamosanghu to receive health care. Many of them suffered from injuries or come for diseases and traumas. Since the hospital was opened at the end of May, 6,300 people were able to receive treatment at the hospital.
In total, Malteser International was able to help around 34,500 people in Nepal thanks to your support.
Malteser International will remain in the country support healthcare there in the coming years. In the near future, our teams will be helping the population by the reconstruction of temporary shelters and permanent community centers. All infrastructures will be equipped with sanitary facilities (latrines, safe drinking water,...) and will be constructed to resist to future earthquakes.