Original story: 4/25/15
Nepal was hit by a 7.9 magnitude earthquake. The epicenter of the earthquake was near the border of the Annapurna and Manaslu Conservation areas and was 68 km east of Pokhara. There were numerous collapsed buildings in Kathmandu. People and rescue workers searched for survivors and took refuge at schools and on the roads. At Mt. Everest many climbers went missing amid reports of camps being swept away and badly damaged due to avalanches and aftershocks. The neighboring nations of India, China and Pakistan were the first to respond with doctors, relief workers and aid supplies. Source: The Telegraph: Nepal earthquake: as it happened April 25 The death toll climbed to 4,800 fatalities and over 9,200 injuries. Eight million were affected across Nepal and at least one million children need help urgently. Source: CNN: Nepal earthquake: Death toll passes 4,800 as rescuers face challenges
Final totals showed that 8,856 people lost their lives, 22,000 were injured, 800,000 private homes were partially or fully destroyed, 8,300 schools and 960 health facilities were affected. The recovery process has been slow.
The government lacked an emergency plan to address devastation of this magnitude. When aid from across the world poured in, planes were met with long waits as the only international airport had only one runway. There was a lack of coordination and organization for getting the aid to the needed areas. The government remains in a state of unrest as political parties accused one another of delaying progress toward reconstruction efforts. International non-governmental organizations (NGOs) contributed $200 million in aid and international donor countries and organizations have pledged around $4.4 billion. The funds have not reached the needed areas and have not been utilized responsibly.
A majority of the population lives on less than $2/day and the earthquake pushed another one million residents below the poverty line. With the tourism and agriculture industry impacted, even more are affected. Frustrated residents in rural areas have begun rebuilding their homes on their own and are rebuilding their lives. Source: Peace & Conflict Monitor: Nepal’s recovery process since the 2015 earthquake