A 7.3-magnitude earthquake struck Nepal on May 12, bringing more destruction to areas hard hit by an even stronger quake on April 25. Many buildings that were damaged by the first quake collapsed when hit by the massive aftershock.
"We felt a very strong aftershock. I could see in the eyes of the people who experienced the first quake — they were just terrified. We all managed to get outside to safety,” says Jimmy Nadapdap, manager for the World Vision response to the Nepal earthquake.
The epicenter of the latest earthquake was in Sindulpalchowk District, 50 miles east of the capital of Kathmandu, near the border with China. The district was among the worst-affected from the April 25 earthquake, and World Vision was already setting up response operations in the area.
World Vision staff reported new damage in Sindhuli, Gorkha, and Kathmandu, where World Vision relief operations are under way.
World Vision's Nepal earthquake response had reached 30,000 people by mid-May, supporting the urgent needs of families in the hardest-hit areas of Gorkha, Lamjung, Sindhuli, Sindhupalchowk, and Kathmandu valley. Relief distributions have included food, blankets, tarps, and roofing sheets. Hundreds of children are being served by World Vision’s Child-Friendly Spaces.
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