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​Resilience in recovery: three months since the Nepal earthquake

 

Mobile medical team getting set up in the Haku camp for displaced people in Dhunche, Nepal. /Photo courtesy: Nicole Robicheau, Canadian Red Cross.
Mobile medical team getting set up in the Haku camp for displaced people in Dhunche, Nepal. /Photo courtesy: Nicole Robicheau, Canadian Red Cross.

(July 24th) marked three months since the first of two earthquakes devastated Nepal. With more than 100 aftershocks, many people have lost their lives, homes and livelihoods. The earthquakes impacted 5.6 million Nepalese with more than 853,000 homes damaged or destroyed.

On April 25, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal, devastating the capital of Kathmandu. Immediately, the Red Cross began to mobilize aid as shelter, medical care and water/sanitation were identified as priority needs. In Dhunche, the Canadian Red Cross set up its field hospital to treat people in the area and in remote communities.

Less than a month later, a second, powerful 7.3 earthquake struck Nepal on May 12, resulting in more deaths and homes destroyed, but aid

Canadian aid worker Dr. David Allison watches as the original Dhunche hospital is being demolished after it was significantly damaged in the earthquake. The Canadian Red Cross field hospital is set up nearby. /Photo courtesy: Diana Coulter
Canadian aid worker Dr. David Allison watches as the original Dhunche hospital is being demolished after it was significantly damaged in the earthquake. The Canadian Red Cross field hospital is set up nearby. /Photo courtesy: Diana Coulter

continued to be delivered.

To date, the Canadian Red Cross has deployed more than 100 aid workers. The field hospital supports primary care, including emergency maternal and surgical care, and delivered healthy newborns right from the start. More than 4,300 patients have been treated within the hospital so far.

The Nepalese people have shown strength in resilience as communities work together to rebuild in the earthquakes’ aftermath. As the journey to recovery continues, the Red Cross is committed in supporting the long-term recovery of affected communities.

Read more stories about recovering after the Nepalese earthquakes.

Source Canadian Red Cross

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