27 April 2015
Nepal’s devastating earthquake has left people sleeping in the open, days after the disaster struck.
Thousands of people have been killed and many more injured in areas including the capital Kathmandu. Whole neighbourhoods are still cut off from outside help, with people trapped by rubble and fallen buildings.
The main earthquake was followed by strong after-shocks, leaving people afraid to return to their homes. Many families, including those whose homes were destroyed, are sheltering in the open as rain starts to fall.
The city’s main hospitals are overwhelmed by casualties. Roads and power lines have been destroyed, and mobile phone networks have been badly damaged.
Help on the way
Nepal Red Cross staff and volunteers have been helping communities since the moment the disaster took place.
More Red Cross aid workers are on their way to the country, ready to bring vital help. They include experts to assess the damage and make sure support can reach those who need it.
The Red Cross is also sending essential supplies such as blankets and tarpaulins. You can support this work by donating to the Nepal Earthquake Appeal.
Spokesman Stephen Cox said: “We don’t know the full scale of the damage yet, but people need help and they need it now. Lives are at stake and we’re doing everything we can.”
Years of preparation
For years the Red Cross has been helping people in Nepal get ready for earthquakes.
This work has included training front-line volunteers in search and rescue techniques, and helping people learn simple skills that could protect them during the disasters.
- Donate to the Nepal Earthquake Appeal.
- If you have been unable to reach loved ones in the area, the International Committee of Red Cross’ family links website may be able to help. Those concerned about other British nationals can contact the Foreign & Commonwealth Office on 0207 008 0000.