Nepal earthquake: Facts and figures
A 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck Nepal on 25 April 2015, followed by a 7.3 magnitude aftershock on 12 May. The combined death toll was 8,891, with over 22,000 people injured.
The earthquake and aftershocks destroyed more than 605,000 homes and damaged a further 288,000, leaving hundreds of thousands of families homeless.
The following figures paint a picture of the scale of destruction and of the massive reconstruction and rehabilitation effort required to get Nepal back on its feet:
- 1,200 health facilities were damaged or destroyed.
- More than 1,500 water supply systems were damaged and a further 3,663 partially damaged and 220,000 toilets were partially or completely destroyed.
- Personal income amounting to US$170 million was lost.
- The education of an estimated 1.5 million children was disrupted, with 36,000 classroom completely destroyed and 17,000 more damaged.
How is World Vision helping Nepal’s earthquake survivors?
As of April 2016, World Vision had reached 386,984 people across 10 districts with emergency relief, focusing on the urgent needs of the most vulnerable including women, children and minority groups.
Within 24 hours of the earthquake, our teams already on the ground were providing survivors with food and emergency essentials such as blankets and tarpaulins.
Over 12 months, we have assisted 20,789 families with shelter and household items, provided access to clean water for 118,000 people and reached 72,000 people through repairs to health posts and provision of medical supplies and equipment.
Major challenges facing relief teams have included Nepal’s harsh monsoon weather, fuel shortages and logistical difficulties due to rough terrain.
Moving forward, World Vision will continue to address the recovery and rehabilitation needs of earthquake-affected families, helping to restore livelihoods, and repair and rebuild schools, health posts and water and sanitation facilities.