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Nepal Earthquake

On 25 April, an earthquake of 7.8 magnitude and a depth of 2 km, hit Nepal. The epicentre was located 81km northwest of Kathmandu, and 68km east from Pokhara. At least 44 aftershocks have been felt and are still continuing. Magnitudes of some aftershocks have ranged from 5 to 6.7. More than 7,000 people have been reported to have been killed, and more than 14,000 people injured. Almost 200,000 homes, as well as infrastructure, public buildings and historic sites have been destroyed. Mount Everest Camp 1 & 2 have also been hit by avalanche, many climbers are missing, and 18 are reported dead. More than two dozen people were also reported killed in neighbouring India, Tibet and Bangladesh.

Update 12 May: A new earthquake measuring 7.3 magnitude struck today (12 May) at 12:50 local time (UTC +5:45). The epicentre was southeast of Kodari (Sindhupalchowk District), 76 km northeast of Kathmandu, an area already affected by the 25 April quake. 42 people are reported to been killed and another 543 injured. Sources: Reliefweb, The Guardian

8 million people have been affected by the 25th April earthquake, with over 4.2 million people urgently in need of water, sanitation and hygiene support, over 3 million people in need of food assistance, and 1.4 million people in need of priority assistance. Areas affected include two of Nepal's largest cities, greater Kathmandu and Pokhara, disperse rural populations, mountain areas and densely populated districts. The Government has declared a state of emergency and is requesting urgent international assistance. (sources: Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System, UNOCHA, Reliefweb)

The following organisations are on the ground in Nepal responding and have issued appeals:

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