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Considerations for the Disaster Relief to Nepal

Post date: 
April 27th, 2015
Article Type: 
External News Article
Article Source: 
The Nonprofit Quarterly

If readers have been concerned about the responses of governments and donors to the earthquake relief effort in Haiti, they know this past weekend’s events in Nepal constitute a challenge that will test anything and everything we have learned about responding to disasters. Nepal is one of the poorest countries in the world, but also one of the most remote and isolated. The death count as of this New York Times article was 2,400, but everyone knows that that number is likely to grow massively. Reports say that 80 percent of the homes in rural Nepal, which is Nepal outside of Kathmandu, have been destroyed, and that means that those displaced people are now exposed to the vulnerability of living in the cold mounts of the Himalayas without shelter and other resources. The first earthquake, rated at 7.9 on the Richter scale, has been followed by aftershocks of over 6.7, which would be considered major quakes in other places in the world. Moreover, these earthquakes were shallow, meaning that their damage was appreciably worse than deeper earthquakes.

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