The earthquake was the worst one in the region for more than 80 years: With a magnitude of 7.8 it destroyed large parts of the area around Kathmandu.

Emergency relief after the earthquake in Nepal – Drinking water is urgently needed

On Saturday, 25 April 2015, a strong earthquake with the magnitude of 7.8 MW hit large areas of Nepal as well as parts of the neighbouring countries India and Chinese Tibet. The epicentre was within a 80km range from the Nepalese capital Kathmandu. Thousands of houses were destroyed, innumerable people are still missing and the number of deaths is estimated at over 5000.

According to UN information more than eight million people in the area are affected by the earthquake. In the areas close to the epicentre up to 90 percent of the health supply is not working, the infrastructure is widely broken and the helpers can hardly progress.

The earthquake destroyed wells, it soiled rivers and even the Pokhara lake, a huge fresh water storage, cannot be used to provide drinking water anymore. That is the reason why - besides medical emergency equipment, blankets and beds - clean water is urgently needed. Furthermore the people have to be trained how they can avoid dangerous infectious diseases caused by soiled water.

Our partner "Aktion Deutschland Hilft – Germany’s Relief Organisation“ already sent helper teams into the crisis region. Their concern is to re-establish the supply of clean drinking water, provide education about hygiene as well as distribute hygiene articles for preventing epidemics and diarrhoeal diseases. Munich Re Foundation is supporting these emergency relief measures by ADH with 20,000 Euros. Additionally, Munich Re is launching an appeal for donations amongst its employees.

NSCH 29 April 2015