Nepal Earthquake

Privthyva was born April 25th - an hour after the earthquake. Photo credit: Anthony Scoggins, Oxfam Canada.

It was early August when Pryvthyva’s mom told me – an outsider - her dramatic story.  We had stopped by the local village health post as part of an inter-agency tour of earthquake affected communities to see how people are coping almost 4 months later.

An elderly woman is being assisted by a volunteer to pass through the cordoned off site in Patan Durbar Square, UNESCO World Geritage Site.

The 7.9 magnitude earthquake on 25th April left the country reeling, killing over 8,000 people, injuring more than 18,000 and leaving 2.8 million people without homes.

Oxfam Team works to erect an 11,000-litre water tank at the Tundikhel camp for displaced people in Kathmandu, Nepal. Photo: Aubrey Wade/Oxfam

Despite many challenges, Oxfam is doing everything we can to reach people in need as quickly as possible. With your support, we aim to reach at least 350,000 people affected by the earthquake.

Today, at midday local time, an estimated 7.9 magnitude earthquake shook Nepal, near the capital, Katmandu.

Kathmandu was ever a disaster-in-waiting. The densely populated capital of one of the world’s poorest countries clings to the slopes of the seismically unstable Himalayas. The city was near-levelled and 8,500 killed in its last great earthquake 81 years before. It had history. On Saturday the...

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