Nepal earthquake


MORE than 2,000 people are dead after the 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit Nepal on Saturday.
WORLD Vision is sending tents, medicine and hygiene packs into Nepal as CEO Tim Costello flies in to assess earthquake damage.
Mr Costello, who was due to fly to Nepal last night, said World Vision has 200 staff, mainly Nepalese, working in the country.
“We’re just hearing that many people’s homes, including many staff homes, have been destroyed and they’re sleeping out,” he told AAP.
“We’re flying in tents, hygiene packs, medicines – the hospitals are overflowing and can’t cope.”
Mr Costello said World Vision’s rapid response teams, which include water and sanitation experts, were being deployed from India and Bangladesh.
“Child protection experts are with them, they’ve gone in,” he said.
“Lots of kids are disoriented, disconnected, sometimes families broken up, you can get predators. So we have child-friendly spaces.”
Mr Costello said the response teams were trained to work in disaster zones.
After helping quake victims with emergency shelter in the immediate aftermath of the quake, World Vision’s assessment team will focus on Gorkha and Lamjung, near the quake epicentre, to assist an estimated 40,000 people.
Mr Costello said the airport wasn’t damaged, so relief flights could land.
He said anyone who wanted to donate could call 13 32 40 or go to the World Vision’s website –


3 thoughts on “Nepal earthquake

  1. Nepal is one of Asia’s poorest countries, which made Saturday’s quake so deadly. Over 2,400 lives were lost, because the rapid urbanisation there led to hastily built structures that lack adequate protection from earthquakes, and earlier housing had no building codes. They knew they had a problem, but it was so large they didn’t know where or how to start. The U.S. Geological Survey says that an earthquake of similar magnitude in California,where they have strict building codes, would be as much as 100 times less fatal.

    Collisions between tectonic plates happens in the Himalaya area, is expected. A chunk of the earth supposedly 75 by 37 miles shifted 10 feet in 30 seconds on Saturday, destroying what was on the surface. But in a country plagued by poverty and political instability, earthquake preparedness is not always a top priority—even when the government knows that a major disaster is imminent.

    And now? We need to somehow support the grieving and broken families. We need to help primarily in the recovery process, but also in the rebuilding, endeavouring to ensure that the next major earthquake—whenever it occurs—will be far less deadly.


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