Inequity and Monsoons in Nepal

Monsoon in Nepal is a season of hope. It is a season of new beginnings. It is a season when farmers, after having freshly planted their seeds, await and dream of a bountiful harvest. This year, that dream might not come true. In about six weeks, Nepalis will be braving the intense monsoon rains. Many even before the quakes faced the danger of landslides and floods during this season every year. This year, almost 3 million of us might face the heavy rains without a roof over their head, without food, clean water or medical attention. This year, many farmers… Read more

 

Constructing Shelters and the Rain

After the second earthquake today, we have some important messages. Please share:

Do not go, or let children go, near buildings which have cracks or have fallen down.

Do not construct shelters close to buildings which have been damaged. Avoid building shelters at the bottom of slopes, or at the top of cliffs, and try to stay away from areas that could be affected by flooding.

As the rainy season is coming try to make shelter as waterproof as possible. Dig drainage channels around your shelter, raise the floor, ensure tarpaulins are pulled tight to prevent puddles forming, make a slope on the roof so water can drain off.

Ensure the entrance to your shelter faces down-wind so wind and rain do no blow directly into your shelter.

Protect the tarpaulin covering your shelter from sharp edges, particularly on the frame. Use cardboard or other materials between the frame and the tarpaulin to prevent it from tearing.

Published by: Nepal Red Cross Society Nepal Police Nepal Army‪#‎EarthquakeNepal‬ ‪#‎Requake‬ ‪#‎Nepal‬

Updates May 12

Fresh quake kills three in Kathmandu, Home Ministry informs. One each in Teku, Samakhusi and Matatirtha. #NepalQuake

 
A four-storey building collapsed in Nayabazar following the earthquake. Pics: @Dambarks #NepalEarthquake
 
Dolakha worst-hit, says Home Ministry. Many suspected buried in collapsed buildings.
 
Major landslides in Sindhupalchowk
 
Airport was supposedly closed for a while.  But it is reported to have resumed operation.

 

PLEASE DISSEMINATE WIDELY QUICKLY -A second Quake

PLEASE DISSEMINATE WIDELY QUICKLY Field Report – Tripureshwor Chowk, Kathmandu Earthquake of May 12, 2015  Omprakash Gnawali, filing to nepalquake.org

I was waiting for a friend to pick me up in Tripureshwor chowk and the 7.4 (to be confirmed) Richter scale earthquake struck. It was a few minutes before 1. The buildings started shaking. I saw two buildings leaning on each other. It was rolling. The cables and the poles started shaking. Then all of us started running to the center of the chowk. We were worried about the long poles for lighting at Dashrath Rangashala. The chown was now packed with all of us fleeing the buildings that were swaying back and forth. Looking towards Koteshwor chowk, we saw lots of people and vehicles stopped in the middle of the street. We saw people jumping out from the front doors to the middle of the street. We also saw lots of dust in that general direction indicating damage to buildings that were already damaged from the previous earthquake. From the chowk, looking towards Tudikhel, we saw bunch of people and vehicles jam packed. Looking towards Kalanki chowk, we saw people everywhere. We were trying to stand close to the center but not too close because it also had structures that we were worried would fall. I saw traffic police holding each other’s hand, terrified. Some people were sitting on the road because they were scared. Some people were frantically calling saying they are ok. Some people were saying this earthquake is as strong as the previous one. I do not know. I was not here last time. This time I am here. When the shaking stopped, we stayed in the middle of the road for a few minutes. Then, we started hearing a lot of vehicles honking everywhere because they were frantically trying to get to wherever they needed to go. After 30 or so minutes, we started hearing helicopters buzzing above. Army mobilized immediately to clear debris to due falling wall nearby. Signing off about one hour before the initial shock, which started a few minutes before 1PM local time.

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Field Report from volunteer on the ground

Field Report – Tripureshwor Chowk, Kathmandu Earthquake of May 12, 2015 Omprakash Gnawali, filing to nepalquake.org I was waiting for a friend to pick me up in Tripureshwor chowk and the 7.4? Richter scale earthquake struck. It was a few minutes before 1. The buildings started shaking. I saw two buildings leaning on each other. It was rolling. The cables and the poles started shaking. Then all of us started running to the center of the chowk. We were worried about the long poles for lighting at Dashrath Rangashala. The chown was now packed with all of us fleeing the buildings that were swaying back and forth. Looking towards Koteshwor chowk, we saw lots of people and vehicles stopped in the middle of the street. We saw people jumping out from the front doors to the middle of the street. We also saw lots of dust in that general direction indicating damage to buildings that were already damaged from the previous earthquake. From the chowk, looking towards Tudikhel, we saw bunch of people and vehicles jam packed. Looking towards Kalanki chowk, we saw people everywhere. We were trying to stand close to the center but not too close because it also had structures that we were worried would fall. I saw traffic police holding each other’s hand, terrified. Some people were sitting on the road because they were scared. Some people were frantically calling saying they are ok. Some people were saying this earthquake is as strong as the previous one. I do not know. I was not here last time. This time I am here. When the shaking stopped, we stayed in the middle of the road for a few minutes. Then, we started hearing a lot of vehicles honking everywhere because they were frantically trying to get to wherever they needed to go. After 30 or so minutes, we started hearing helicopters buzzing above. Army mobilized immediately to clear debris to due falling wall nearby. Signing off about one hour before the initial shock, which started a few minutes before 1PM local time.