Just a little more than two weeks after thousands of people died in the massive earthquake that struck on April 25, a second earthquake hit Nepal. The second earthquake measuring 7.4 struck north-east of Kathmandu on May 12, 2015.At least 64 people were killed and 2,000 people injured. This figure is likely to keep rising as rescue services gain access to those affected. The quake has caused an increase in landslides in many areas of the previously affected districts. Houses and buildings that were partially damaged from the previous earthquake have now collapsed, and damage to areas that had sustained little or no damage from the first earthquake is now being reported.
PDA continues to respond to Nepal as a member of ACT Alliance. All ACT partners active in the earthquake response have a permanent presence in Nepal and benefit from substantial experience in development and humanitarian programming in Nepal, both directly implemented and implemented through local Nepali partner organizations.
In the first four weeks following the earthquake, ACT members in Nepal have been — and continue to be — engaged in emergency, life sustaining activities. Distribution and services to over 220,000 earthquake-affected individuals have been made based on rapid assessments of ACT members, the Nepal government, and UN and NGO coordination groupings. Read more.