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Nepal earthquake recovery

The two powerful earthquakes that struck Nepal in April and May 2015 killed nearly 9,000 people. Almost 18,000 were injured and over 900,000 homes were destroyed or damaged.

For three years, the Red Cross had been helping communities prepare for emergencies.

So as soon as the earthquakes hit, more than 8,000 Red Cross volunteers got to work. Priorities included first aid, search and rescue services, and distributing vital supplies.

Later, Red Cross grants helped vulnerable families cover the cost of essential items they had lost. These included  winter clothes, blankets and seeds for farmers.

Now the Red Cross is focussing on recovery work. We will:

  • train people to 'build back better' – repairing or rebuilding their houses to withstand future earthquakes
  • help to restore and rebuild water systems, including those that were damaged or dried up because of changes deep underground
  • support people to develop their own small businesses with money and training
  • rebuild damaged or destroyed health clinics and blood banks.

Find out how we help people prepare for earthquakes and other disasters.

Read more about how we help people in Nepal prepare for floods.

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Dolma holds a smilling Nishan in the ruins of their former home

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Nepal: preparing for earthquakes

People surrounded by rubble

Find out how we help people in Nepal make sure they are ready to respond if an earthquake or other disaster strikes.

How we help people stay safe >

Nepal: on the long and winding road to recovery

A woman in Nepal squats on bamboo scaffolding as she holds a wooden beam next to a pile of bricks and container of wet cement

Strange as it may seem, earthquakes can discriminate. Find out how we're helping the most vulnerable to build back safer.

How we support women in Nepal >

From garden to plate in Nepal

Kanchhi Laamichhane standing in front of her house holding a bowl of corn kernals

Who doesn’t like the idea of growing fresh food then cooking a delicious dinner? Learn how this can save lives in Nepal.

How cash grants helped farmers >