On 25 April 2015 a huge magnitude 7.8 earthquake hit the Nepalese countryside around 50 miles from the capital, Kathmandu.
The worst earthquake to hit Nepal for 80 years was followed by a second quake two weeks later. In those devastated weeks 8,891 people were killed, more than 22,300 injured, more than 893,000 homes were destroyed or damaged, as well as schools, clinics, temples and ancient buildings. The disaster has affected 8.1 million people, many living in remote and mountainous areas of the country.
The Nepal Earthquake appeal raised £87 million, including £5 million in Aid Match from the UK Government, helping 13 of the UK’s leading aid agencies to reach more than 1.6 million people with relief in the first six months.
Our member agencies used DEC funds to reach 50% more people than originally planned with food, water shelter, cash, medical care and essential supplies. DEC funds continued to help people recover incomes and rebuild lives up until April 2018, but many DEC member charities continue to work in the country.