On 25 April 2015, a devastating earthquake struck Nepal, killing over 8,500 people and injuring many others. Thousands of homes were destroyed and the Red Cross immediately mobilized its volunteers and resources to respond.
“The scale of this disaster is so big, the national capacity will be actually not enough, so there will be a need for significant international support,” said Jagan Chapagain, IFRC Asia Pacific Zone director, who quickly visited Nepal after the earthquake.
The challenge was that three-quarters of the affected population lived outside of the Kathmandu valley, many in remote mountainous areas. The immediate priority was on providing these communities with emergency shelter.
The American Red Cross joined the global Red Cross network in a massive response to provide emergency humanitarian assistance- an effort that continues today. More than 36 American Red Cross disaster specialists have already deployed to Nepal. In addition, the Red Cross has already spent or committed $13.6 million to the humanitarian relief effort in Nepal and will make additional financial commitments to support Nepal’s long-term recovery efforts.
Here is a summary of what the Red Cross has done to help those in Nepal:
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To help people affected by disasters big and small, like those impacted by the Nepal Earthquake, visit redcross.org/nv/las-vegas contact your local Red Cross Chapter at (702)791-3311.