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Nepal aftermath in pictures

Nepal aftermath in pictures

UPDATE: Another Earthquake strikes Nepal

A magnitude 7.1 earthquake struck Nepal on Tuesday, the U.S. Geological Survey said, causing people to run out of buildings in the capital Kathmandu and shaking structures in the Indian capital.

The quake, which struck near the base camp for Everest, was measured at a shallow depth of about 10 km.

As teams on the ground begin to assess the damage and start the long road to rebuilding Nepal, we take a look in images at the people on the ground struggling to rebuild their lives.

The Himalayan Trust has been overwhelmed by the generosity of New Zealanders as their appeal has now raised over $350,000 in public donations. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has also contributed $50,000 towards the fund.

Funds raised will be spent working with local communities in the Solukhumbu region (the area around Mt Everest) to help them rebuild their villages badly damaged by the earthquake. They have a team on the ground assessing the damage and determining the priorities for a rebuild of schools and hospitals.

They are also involved in the relief efforts, providing tents and tarpaulins, wet weather and cold weather gear. There is a desperate need in the many villages where people have no shelter, especially with the monsoon season soon approaching. However, there are huge logistical challenges getting help to vulnerable people in remote areas. Congestion at Nepal’s only international airport, roads blocked by landslides and fuel shortages are making it difficult to transport aid to scattered communities across difficult mountainous terrain. The Trust is doing everything it can to reach people.

“The Himalayan Trust needs funds. Nepal is one of the world’s poorest countries and does not have the infrastructure and resources to deal with a crisis of this magnitude. While the response to the disaster has been overwhelming, much more to address the significant level of destruction. Please support the Rebuild Appeal by donating at www.himalayantrust.org,” a statement from the group reads.

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