Earthquake Update 7 May 2015

Our office re-opened on Sunday, 3rd May 2015 after the big earthquake that rocked central Nepal on 25th April 2015. As expected not all staffs were able to resume office on that day as the aftershocks measuring over 4 rector scales are still going on and all of us are still nervous some more than others. Small noises and even when crow caw people get jumpy. Hopefully the aftershock will stop soon which should help people to lose their anxiety.

Nursery and primary school will remain closed until mid May.

As we get in touch with our producers more bad news and cry for help are coming in. We continued to visit our producers and staff affected by earthquake.  Till now we have visited over 100 producers in 7 different cities and towns, out of which 51 producers’ houses has collapsed, 36 has severe cracks and are uninhabitable and 17 had minor cracks. Many of them are taking shelter under a tent in close by fields, some are living in their family/friends houses and some are risking their lives living in the cracked houses as they do not have anywhere else to go.

Vice Chairman of KTS also has some minor cracks in his house and Treasurer of KTS has severe cracks in his house and is uninhabitable.

There are still many producers waiting for our visit, we hope to visit them by next week.

 

Bhaktapur neighbourhood with collapsed houses

Bhaktapur neighbourhood with collapsed houses

Collapsed Producer's Home at Banepa

Collapsed Producer’s Home at Banepa

Severely cracked house

Looks fine from outside but walls are severely cracked from inside.

Severely cracked house

Looks fine from outside but walls are severely cracked from inside.

Severely cracked house

Looks fine from outside but walls are severely cracked from inside.

Taking information from Producer

Taking information from Producer on damages caused by Earthquake.

Collapsed House of Producer

Collapsed House of Producer

Severely cracked house at Bhaktapur

Severely cracked house of groups leader in Bhaktapur

Severely damaged House

Severely damaged House

Baburaja Shakya, KTS Treasurer House

Baburaja Shakya, KTS Treasurer House. Severe Cracks in the inside walls.

Collapsed roof

Collapsed roof

Collapsed House of Producer

Collapsed House of Producer

Collapsed house in front of KTS office

Collapsed house in front of KTS office

Cracked inside walls

Cracked inside walls

Cracked inside walls

Cracked inside walls

Collapsed House of Producer

Collapsed House of Producer. Made livable temporarily with help from community people.

Severely Cracked inside walls

Severely Cracked inside walls

Severely Cracked inside walls

Severely Cracked inside walls

Severely Cracked inside walls at Baburaja-Shakya

Severely Cracked inside walls at Baburaja-Shakya

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