You will all have heard the news of further earthquakes (magnitude 7.3) at midday, Tuesday 12 May, with an epicentre near Namche Bazaar. At present the Airport at Kathmandu is closed.
This comes against a background of Nepali Press reports (led by Kantipur) on 10 May that the Government has refused to let UK Chinook helicopters into Nepal for technical reasons: these reports are unsubstantiated.
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On 8 May GWT were able to report:
That the relief operation in the middle hills was gathering momentum, with a clearer picture of the need beginning to emerge. There is significant loss of life and widespread damage to buildings/houses. For example, the Nepal Army (NA) Ops Room at Gorkha reported that the district had suffered 439 deaths, 716 serious casualties and 44,607 properties severely damaged, with 13,236 completely destroyed.
The immediate needs remain for food/shelter/water/medical care, and the monsoon is less than one month away. Reports indicated that six Welfare Pensioners (WPs), three Service Pensioners (SPs) and one dependant had been killed and a number injured, some seriously. Damage to WP/SP property is widespread but to date GWT’s water projects and schools appear to have come through the disaster almost unscathed – a testament to the quality of construction.
GWS are following four key lines of activity:
Within UK, GWT have received over £1 Million in donations to their Earthquake Response Fund.
If you would like to help, please donate to the Gurkha Welfare Trust’s Earthquake appeal.