Nepal earthquake

Thanks to Australians’ generous response to our Nepal Earthquake Appeal, World Vision continues to help communities build back better one year 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 first 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.

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

So far, almost 387,000 people have been reached through initial emergency relief through to a range of recovery activities now taking place across the worst-hit districts.

“As living conditions and access to basic services continue to improve, we remain committed to meet emergency needs, strengthen resilience and self-recovery and restore a sense of safety for earthquake-affected children and communities,” says Jennifer MacCann, Director of World Vision’s Nepal Earthquake Response.

“We are hopeful that children and families can rebuild their communities and be ready to pursue meaningful opportunities in the future.”

Stories from the frontline




Nepal earthquake - one year on

See how donations to the Nepal Earthquake Appeal have been used to help survivors recover and rebuild their communities.


Helping Nepal build back better: Stories from the frontline

World-first collaboration inspires smarter disaster response

Read how 3D printing is helping to repair water systems damaged in the earthquake.

Photo essay: Students in Nepal get back to learning amidst quake recovery

See how children in Nepal have been able to resume their education in the months since the earthquake.

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?

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.

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.



World Vision set up 54 temporary learning spaces in Nepal where 8,214 children currently attend classes while school repairs are underway.