Nepal Earthquake Response
Largest quake in 80 years
8,600 dead|Infrastructure destroyed|Huge needs
In April 2015 two earthquakes struck Nepal within a two week period, killing more than 8,600 people and injuring more than 16,800. Some 8 million people were affected, including 2.8 million who are now displaced from their homes.
Over 500,000 houses were destroyed and 269,000 damaged. International Medical Corps have been on the ground since day one and, working in support of the Nepal government helped 185,000 people during the initial emergency phase. To provide lifesaving health care to those in greatest need during the emergency, we sent mobile medical units, made up of doctors, nurses and other experts into remote communities, often by helicopter.
As we continue to transition from immediate relief to helping the people of Nepal to rebuild, we are using our decades of expertise to provide the best possible support.
With the arrival of the monsoon season we focused on making sure survivors are protected against communicable diseases, particularly through the construction of latrines and other water and sanitation facilities. Midway through the monsoon season, hazards such as landslides and floods continue to impact the response. Our teams are looking at the best ways to help rebuild Nepal's health care system, particularly through restoring primary health care services including reproductive health, mental health and child health.
There remains much more work to be done. It will take a massive, sustained effort and resources to continue to reach the hardest-hit areas and provide the necessary relief and recovery in Nepal