An appeal to extend support to quake victims in Nepal

  • News Date: April 30, 2014 | Post By LAHURNIP

The deadly 7.6 magnitude earthquake of 25 April 2015, with its epicenter in Barpak in Gorkha district, resulted in massive loss of human life and property in various parts of the country. As of now the death toll is 5,489 with 10,965 injured. According to government data, 134,864 houses have been completely destroyed and 92,971 have been partially destroyed. The United Nations estimates that the earthquake has affected approximately 8 million people, of whom 1.4 million have been directly affected. Moreover, there is a risk that the lack of sanitation, clean drinking water and untimely rescue operation may give rise to an epidemic.

Various Nepali and international organisations and individuals have been involved in rescue and relief work. However, even five days after the quake, many badly hit villages in the remote areas have received little or no support. Due to lack of an effective mechanism for coordination and delivery, relief has not reached many villages in Gorkha, Sindhupalchowk, Nuwakot, Dhading, Rasuwa, Kavre, Dolakha, Ramechhap, and Solukhumbu. Affected people in these places are in urgent need of basic shelter, food supplies and medicines, among other things.

In response to this crisis, the Lawyers’ Association for Human Rights of Nepalese Indigenous Peoples (LAHURNIP) has formed a Humanitarian Relief Committee (LHRC) to initiate collection and distribution of relief to the victims in the remote villages. LAHURNIP and its indigenous peoples’ human rights defenders (IPHRDs) have also been involved in this effort in affected districts.

We would therefore like to appeal to interested charity organisations and individuals to extend the best possible support in this initiative.
Contact persons
Shanti Kumari Rai, Coordinator LHRC
Office: +977 01 4770710
Mobile: +977 9843 386109

Shankar Limbu, Member, LHRC
Office: +977 01 4770710
Mobile: +977 98510 07932 / 9721 532880