Nepal earthquake

Thanks to Australians’ generous response to our Nepal Earthquake Appeal, World Vision continues to help communities build back better two years on.

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Nepal earthquake remembered

On 25 April, the world marks one year since Nepal was devastated by a powerful earthquake. On the quake’s second anniversary, World Vision joins with the people of Nepal in remembering what was lost, reflecting on recovery to date, and acknowledging the scale of the task that still remains.

The 2015 earthquake, which struck some of the most vulnerable communities in Nepal, was followed by a strong aftershock several days later. Together, these quakes claimed over 9,000 lives, displaced hundreds of thousands of people, and caused damage worth US$7 billion.

Two years on, World Vision continues to work side by side with affected communities to help Nepal build back better.

So far, more than 526,873 people have been reached through initial emergency relief, a range of recovery activities across the worst-hit districts, and now in the rehabilitation phase which started in January 2017.

“As we enter the final phase of the World Vision Nepal Earthquake Response, we want to ensure that the communities we leave behind are better prepared to withstand future shocks and meet new challenges with greater confidence and resilience.,” says Liz Satow, National Director of World Vision International Nepal.

“I’d like to take a moment to thank the Government of Nepal, our local NGO partners, the communities with whom we work and of course, our donors, without whom we would not have been able to fund the response.”

Stories from the frontline




Nepal earthquake - one year on

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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.

The earthquake and aftershocks destroyed more that 605,000 homes, making hundreds of thousands of people homeless.


How is World Vision helping Nepal’s earthquake survivors?

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.

World Vision’s Nepal Earthquake Response has made significant achievements in the past 24 months with a goal ‘to meet the emergency needs, strengthen the resilience and self-recovery and restore a sense of safety for earthquake-affected children and their communities’.

To date, World Vision has reached more than 526,873 people across 10 of the hardest hit districts through its relief phase (April – September 2015) and recovery phase (October 2015 – December 2016) and in the rehabilitation phase starting in January 2017. The total expenditure for both the relief and recovery phases was US$37.6 million.

In addition, under the currently ongoing rehabilitation phase (January 2017 – April 2018), World Vision plans to reach 27,250 additional people with livelihoods, WASH and shelter interventions that aim to further strengthen communities’ resilience and promote self-recovery with a projected budget of US$13.4 million.

Major challenges facing relief teams have included Nepal’s harsh monsoon weather, fuel shortages and logistical difficulties due to rough terrain.

Who has received assistance?



This is how many people have been assisted through World Vision's food assistance and cash-for-work initiatives, including 8,000 people who received emergency food kits within the first 100 days after the earthquake.


earthquake-affected families

Those made homeless by the quake received shelter and household items including tarpaulins with rope, iron roofing sheets, shelter toolkits and sleeping mats.



Supported to continue their their education through World Vision's investment in Child Friendly learning spaces, rebuilding damaged schools and distribution of school materials.