On 25 April 2015, a massive 7.6 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal that left nearly 9,000 people dead and destroyed or damaged more than 850,000 homes. Further devastation caused by followed hundreds aftershocks.
Women, children, the elderly, people living with disabilities and those belonging to “lower castes” have all been disproportionately affected. Besides, the earthquake impacted employment severely. The problem of landlessness, widespread before the quake, had also worsened.
Our immediate response
Oxfam immediately responded by providing lifesaving relief including emergency food items, drinking water and by setting up temporary shelters and emergency latrines. Our priorities were to ensure that affected people had access to adequate humanitarian assistance and to prevent the outbreak of waterborne diseases.
We distributed staple food supplies, alongside rice seeds and agricultural tools for farmers. In Kathmandu Valley, we provided clean water and sanitation facilities to earthquake survivors living in some of the worst-hit districts. Our technical experts constructed water tanks and sanitation facilities in the temporary camps.
Outside of Kathmandu Valley, we managed to ship vital emergency supplies to Gorkha, near the epicenter of the quake, as well as providing tarpaulins, rice, seeds, water and sanitation equipment to other hard-hit rural districts with very limited road access.
We’ve been working in seven of the 14 most affected districts: Gorkha, Nuwakot, Dhading, Sindhupalchowk, Kathmandu, Lalitpur and Bhaktapur.
Total people supported in three years (April 2015-March 2018)
|400,000 people got access to clean water, sanitation, food, and shelter|
|58,000 hygiene kits distributed|
|15,000 families restarted their lost businesses|
|17,000 farmers received rice seeds|
Total people reached from April 2017-March 2018
Holding new life after the earthquake
Rama KC (23) holds her newborn son, *Hari (45 days old). They have taken shelter in Tundikhel IDP camp in Kathmandu, Nepal, after the magnitude 7.8 earthquake left them homeless.
‘I was having lunch in the kitchen when the earthquake struck. Hari was asleep in his cot in another room. I ran to him immediately. He was rolling around in his cot, which was shaking violently. I thought he would die.’
Oxfam has installed latrines and a large water tank, which can hold up to 11,000 litres of clean water, in the camp.
(Photo Credit: Aubrey Wade / Oxfam)*name changed
Cherishing every drop of water
*Roshmi (7) collects water in plastic bottles from a pipe near the temporary shelter in Sankhu where she and her relatives live. Around 980 houses have collapsed there from the magnitude 7.8 earthquake that struck Nepal on Saturday 25 April, 2015.
(Photo Credit: Aubrey Wade / Oxfam) *name changed
Serving the community in the midst of disaster
Oxfam volunteer Shekhou Khadka (23) works to erect a 11,000 litre water tank for clean drinking water at the Tundikhel IDP camp in Kathmandu, Nepal. He is one of 500 volunteers that have been trained through our urban risk management programme to respond in the event of an earthquake. ‘I'm sleeping under canvas outside our house, but my family is safe. I became a volunteer because I wanted to serve my community. The big challenges that lie ahead: supplying food, water, health care, and the scarcity of food.’
On Saturday 25 April 2015, an earthquake measuring 7.8 on the Richter Scale struck Nepal.
(Photo Credit: Aubrey Wade / Oxfam)