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Nepal after the earthquake: one year on

WaterAid’s response to the devastating crisis that struck Nepal in April 2015
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Apr 25, 2016

On April 25 2015, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit Nepal. The damages were made even worse when a second earthquake, with a magnitude of 7.4, hit just two weeks later. The widespread destruction took people’s lives, homes and vital infrastructure.

With the incredible response from supporters, WaterAid was able to take immediate action on the ground. Working with 14 local partners, we provided emergency water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) support to quake survivors in 11 of the country’s most affected districts.

In the aftermath of the earthquake, we were able to reach 160,000 women, children and men.

Here is just some of what you've helped to achieve over the last year:

  • 20 safe water supply systems rebuilt
  • 360 water points restored
  • 315 handwashing stations constructed

A year on, your support is still hard at work, rebuilding damaged latrines, restoring water tanks, faucets and pipelines.

Working with partners, we continue identifying alternative water sources and learning about the importance of handwashing and other hygiene practices critical for preventing the spread of diseases.

These efforts have contributed to another major achievement: Nepal’s success at heading off any outbreak of cholera and other deadly illnesses related to unsafe water, poor sanitation and lack of hygiene.

With your support, we will continue helping resilient women, children and men rebuild, better and stronger than before.

Learn more about how communities are re-building their lives one year on.

Find out how to support our program in Nepal by joining the 2016 Bucket List Adventure.