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Aftermath of the Nepal Earthquake

Helping the people of Nepal.

On the 25th of April, Nepal was struck with a massive earthquake measuring 7.8 on the Richter scale, with an aftershock of 6.6. Within 24 hours Nepal was hit by a second of 6.4.

The immediate global response was very positive, with people of all nationalities sending donations to Nepal. During recent weeks, the media coverage of the earthquake died down and so did the support. But the people of Nepal still need international support.

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What you might not know is that, since 25th of April, there have been over 100 quakes measuring at a magnitude of 4 or higher. These earthquakes are hindering the process of rebuilding.

What’s more is that monsoon season is just around the corner in Nepal. Aid workers and locals are scrambling to build shelter to add extra protection. In Kathmandu, the wettest period stretches from the end of June to the beginning of September, nearly 3 months of heavy thunderstorms and flooding.

Another unbelievable fact that demonstrates the brute force of the earthquakes is that they caused Mount Everest to move 3cm (1.2 inches) towards the southwest. To put that into perspective, during the last ten years, Everest had moved 40cm northeast at a rate of 4cm per year.

Of course, it is the people of Nepal who have suffered the most from the catastrophe. For instance, many young people and children cannot go to school. Since schools have been destroyed, children have no place to study or learn. With nothing to occupy their time there have even been reports that children have taken to chasing leopards and other wildlife. Villages have resorted to burning nearby forests to ward them off.

Source(s): UNICEF