Apr 28 2015

Aftermath of Nepal’s Earthquake: Crucial Two Weeks for Survivors

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GUEST: Darius Teter, Vice President of Programs at Oxfam.

Millions of Nepalese have been impacted by the magnitude 7.8 earthquake that hit the landlocked South Asian nation on Saturday. Initial estimates of the dead were 1,200 but that more than doubled to about 4,000 yesterday. Now Nepal’s Prime Minister Sushil Koirala has announced that the final death toll could reach 10,000. Bodies still remain trapped and rescue efforts are in full-force. The earthquake triggered an avalanche on Mount Everest, and tremors were felt in cities outside the country.

Some remote villages are as much as 70% wiped out. Those living in homes made of heavy boulders were more likely to have suffered damage and death compared to those living in wooden structures. Hundreds of thousands of ordinary Nepalese are living on the streets either from fear of a major aftershock, or from having lost their home.

The public outpouring of financial support has begun but funds need to be immediately mobilized to get help fast where needed. In countries as poor as Nepal, the aftermath of a natural disaster can be even more devastating than the actual event.

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