CAFOD partners are on the ground responding to a second severe earthquake. Please join us in praying for all those affected.
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Nepal has been hit by a 7.3 magnitude earthquake and several aftershocks, just over two weeks after a 7.9 magnitude earthquake claimed more than 8,000 lives. Our staff and partners are on the ground assessing the damage and responding to the latest disaster.
CAFOD’s Catherine Cowley was in Bakrang in Gorkha District when the earthquake struck, working with a community who had recently received shelter kits, hygiene kits and mattresses. She says:
“There was a large group of us sitting outside when the earth started shaking. Everyone started pointing at the trees and running. The earthquake lasted quite a while and there have been several aftershocks since then.
“Many houses in the villages here had already been destroyed by the last earthquake, but we saw one that had only been cracked collapse. Across Nepal, a lot of houses which were already partially damaged could fall down.
“The impact could be immense. But the biggest impact is fear. Everyone is desperately trying to contact their families to make sure they’re safe. Everyone is scared that more buildings will collapse. When we started the car to leave the village, a woman screamed because she thought the engine noise was another aftershock. People are traumatized and panicking. Driving through the countryside you can see people gathered outside, scared to go indoors.”
Jen Hardy from CAFOD partner Catholic Relief Services was accompanying an aid delivery in the small village of Sadobato in Gorkha District when the earthquake struck. In a series of tweets, she described the situation:
“Two strong aftershocks as distribution started in Sadobato. Two more houses collapsed. No injuries. Ground still shaking slightly.”
“Everyone on edge after 3rd aftershock in a row. Last one not as strong. Might be more severe here as we are on a ridge top.”
“A latrine nearby just collapsed, although ground stopped shaking about 10 minutes ago. People very nervous in Sadobato.”
Giovanna Reda, CAFOD’s Head of Humanitarian for Asia, the Middle East and Latin America, said: “We are relieved that all CAFOD staff in Nepal are safe, but we are deeply concerned about the impact of this second major earthquake. With yet more houses destroyed as the monsoon rains begin, people will urgently need shelter kits, as well as food and hygiene kits to prevent the spread of disease.”
Thank you for donating more than £1.1 million to our Nepal Earthquake Appeal. Your amazing compassion has enabled us to work with Caritas Nepal and other sister agencies in the Caritas family of aid agencies to support to more than 38,000 people since 25 April. As the impact of this second earthquake becomes clear, our staff and partners will continue to work around the clock to reach those who are most in need.
Please join us in praying for people of Nepal
Please also donate to our Nepal Earthquake Appeal