The responses to the devastation caused by the earthquakes focuses on emergency health and care, emergency shelter and settlements, livelihoods, restoring family links, safe and dignified burials, community preparedness and risk reduction, and building the Nepal Red Cross Society’s institutional preparedness and capacity development. On 25 April 2015, a 7.9 magnitude earthquake hit Nepal, in an area between Kathmandu and Pokhara. Hundreds of aftershocks were registered. The government of Nepal declared a state of emergency on 27 April. On 12 May, a 7.3 magnitude earthquake hit 76 km northeast of Kathmandu, causing additional death, destruction of infrastructure and homes. 57 districts were affected, with 14 having severe damage. This project takes place in areas affected by the earthquakes.
Responding to the needs of those affected by the earthquakes in Nepal included distribution of food items, deploying sanitation units, providing families with unconditional cash grants, emergency shelter, and household items. Some homes that underwent severe damages will be rebuilt, and cash grants and training opportunities are provided for livelihood support. To help alleviate some of the health risks in the aftermath of the earthquakes, emergency response units and rapid deployment hospitals were deployed to fill in the gaps left after health facilities were damaged.
This project targets 700,000 people, including 140,000 families, affected by the 25 April and 12 May 2015 earthquakes. Measures will also be put in place to identify and address aspects that increase vulnerabilities among specific groups such as women, girls, minorities, and people with disabilities.