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7.4 Magnitude,  68 Dead, Many more homeless


1,000's have no Shelter, No food, No hope.


Courier Mail Sat 13 June

Heavy monsoon rain fell on Wednesday night. In the district of Taplejung, as the death toll rises to 21 authorities fear at least 37 people remain buried. Two schools were hit by the landslides and six bridges were washed out. More than 8,700 people have died since the earthquake on April 25 and aftershocks on May 12.

There is an urgent need for Rotary's ShelterBoxes

The 2015 Nepal earthquake killed more than 8,000 people and injured more than twice as many occurred at 11:56 NST on 25 April. Its epicenter was the village of Barpak, Gorkha district, and its hypocenter was at a depth of approximately 15 km.

It was the most powerful disaster to strike Nepal since 1934. Some casualties were also reported in the adjoining areas of India, China, and Bangladesh.

The earthquake triggered an avalanche on Mount Everest, killing at least 19, making it the deadliest day on the mountain in history. It triggered another huge avalanche in Langtang valley, where 250 were reported missing.
Hundreds of thousands of people were made homeless with entire villages flattened, across many districts of the country. Centuries-old buildings were destroyed at UNESCO World Heritage sites in the Kathmandu Valley, including some at the Kathmandu Durbar Square, the Patan Durbar Square and the Bhaktapur Durbar Square. Geophysicists and other experts had warned for decades that Nepal was vulnerable to a deadly earthquake, particularly because of its geology, urbanization, and architecture.

Continued aftershocks occurred throughout Nepal within 15-20 minute intervals, with one shock reaching a magnitude of 6.7 on 26 April at 12:54:08 NST. The country also had a continued risk of landslides.
                              Rotary Club of Noosa Heads,
                              Bendigo Bank BSB: 633-000
                              A/c 135570869       Ref: NEPAL
                              Every cent and every dollar goes to ShelterBox Australia.
                          There are no administration costs. No deductions.

39 tons of ShelterBox aid brings hope to villages in earthquake-shattered Nepal.

Thursday 07 May 2015

UK disaster relief charity ShelterBox is gearing up its operation in the uplands of Nepal. In the early hours of this morning 39 tons of much-needed shelter aid left Kathmandu’s busy airport, heading in trucks up steep winding roads towards the mountain district of Sindhupalchowk.

This shipment contains 500 family tents, made to United Nations specifications. There are also 500 ShelterBox shelter kits, containing tools to help clear rubble and saw wood, and – most importantly – waterproof tarpaulins and fixings to create basic, dry shelters, or to make the best of habitable parts of damaged buildings.

They will soon be on their way to selected sites among Sindhupalchowk’s 79 village communities, among the highest inhabited altitudes in the world.

A group of local volunteers from the community of Chautara helped ShelterBox’s Liz Odell and Liam Norris unload the equipment into an abandoned hospital, which is being used as a storage facility.

Liz Odell explains, ‘The doctors have moved to a local football field where ShelterBox is contributing tents to provide space for the medics to work and live. The hospital building is badly damaged and unsafe to work in.’

ShelterBox is working with the Nepal Red Cross to distribute the aid to families in remote areas badly affected by the earthquake. Helicopters still come and go, airlifting people in need of medical assistance, and carrying aid to communities that can be reached only by air or on foot.

ShelterBox has strengthened its Nepal team in recent days, and now has twelve people working in country. Phil Duloy (UK) was the original in country co-ordinator, and is now deputising for Andrew Clark (UK) as is Dave Ray (UK). Dave has experience of shelter cluster management in Malawi, so will also be cluster liaison. Nicola Hinds, Becky Maynard and Liz Odell, all from the UK, were in place within days of the earthquake. They have since been joined by Sallie Buck (UK), Dave Hallett (Canada), Mike Peachey (New Zealand), Peter Pearce (Australia), Liam Norris (UK) and Andrew Kukielka (UK). More will follow to refresh or replace teams, as ShelterBox expects to be in Nepal for some time.

In addition to today’s consignment of 1,000 tents and kits, 53 ShelterBoxes are already in Nepal, with a further 1,500 now in transit. 500 more shelter kits are landing this afternoon, and a further 1,736 are in Dubai awaiting charter flights. ShelterBox already had 72 ShelterBoxes in Kathmandu when the earthquake struck, as it had responded to flooding and landslides in Nepal last Autumn. The tents from those boxes are being used as outdoor clinic space in four Kathmandu hospitals, and now in Chautara. 

ShelterBox Chief Executive Alison Wallace says, ‘ShelterBox responded rapidly to this disaster, and had the practical advantage of having some aid already in the country, which had an instant use to create extra hospital space. Kathmandu brings its own challenges, and now our teams are working with colleague charities on plans to get to the hardest-to-reach mountain communities. The flow of incoming aid is getting faster, and we now have substantial stock already in country, and much more on the way.’

‘This is a truly international operation, from our team here in Cornwall, through to our multi-country response volunteers on the ground, working with a cluster of partner organisations from all over the world. Every arm of ShelterBox is being flexed – our overseas affiliates, our donors from around the world, our big-hearted supporters, our tireless volunteers.’

‘This organisation runs on generosity and compassion, and we are seeing both on a grand scale in our response to the Nepal earthquake. I want to thank everyone involved for their time and energy, and donations, which will be needed for many weeks to come.’   

                              Rotary Club of Noosa Heads,
                              Bendigo Bank BSB: 633-000
                              A/c 135570869       Ref: NEPAL
                              Every cent and every dollar goes to ShelterBox Australia.
                          There are no administration cost. No deductions.

Rotary clubs worldwide mobilize in support of earthquake-ravaged Nepal

Rotary International President Gary C.K. Huang is urging the humanitarian organization's 1.2 million members worldwide to assist the victims of earthquake-ravaged Nepal in any way possible, including contributing to ShelterBox, Rotary's project partner for disaster relief. (USNewswire)

Mr. Huang said . "As we mourn the thousands of lives lost, Rotary joins other international agencies in providing immediate relief to survivors through our partnership with ShelterBox and mobilizing our expertise to support long-term recovery."

A donation of approximately US $1000 will allow ShelterBox to deliver emergency shelter and other lifesaving equipment to a family that has lost everything following a disaster. Individual donations no matter how small or large are pooled by Rotary clubs and each club then buys a numbered ShelterBox kit .The kit is airlifted with other supplies direct to the country in need. Rotary clubs distribute the kits. All this is done by volunteers. No one gets a "cut". There are no expensive administration costs. No flash offices. Extremely low overheads.

Each club receives a numbered certificate identifying where their ShelterBox ends up and how it is being used to ease the suffering of a family in need.

Rotary's 34,000 clubs around the world will also pursue other ways to help, including holding local fund-raisers, food and supply drives.  Rotary clubs in Australia, the United States, Malaysia, Singapore, India, Bangladesh and others are coordinating their support for immediate needs such as dry foods, tents, blankets, first aid kits and safe drinking water.

Looking ahead, Rotary will focus on intermediate and long-term recovery and rebuilding efforts.  The experience and knowledge of Rotary members in Nepal will be essential in ensuring that resources are used for projects and programs that address true community needs.

Rotary in Nepal
The Rotary Club of Kathmandu, chartered in 1959, was Nepal's first Rotary club.  Today there are 84 Rotary clubs with a total membership of nearly 2,800 men and women.  Rotary clubs in Nepal carry out a wide array of successful humanitarian initiatives – often in partnership with clubs in other countries -- including water and sanitation projects, medical and dental missions, adopt-a-school programs and reforestation plantings.

About ShelterBox
Based in Cornwall, United Kingdom, with 21 international affiliates, ShelterBox is an international disaster relief charity that delivers emergency shelter, warmth, and dignity to people made homeless by disasters worldwide. The agreement with Rotary broadens the charity's volunteer base, enhancing its capacity to respond instantly to disasters while keeping costs low. ShelterBox has depots around the world, including Australia.

                              Rotary Club of Noosa Heads,
                              Bendigo Bank BSB: 633-000
                              A/c 135570869       Ref: NEPAL
                              Every cent and every dollar goes to ShelterBox Australia.
                              There are no administration costs. No deductions.
Unloading ShelterBoxes Rotary Volunteers and locals unload ShelterBoxes

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