Over 3 million children are in danger. Please donate to our Nepal Earthquake Appeal and help save children's lives.
A second major earthquake has struck Nepal just two weeks after a devastating quake left nearly 8,000 people dead and 3 million children in danger. At least four people have been killed in the town of Chautara, and bodies are being pulled from the rubble. Unicef staff are on the ground providing life-saving support to children and their families.
On Saturday 25 April a 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit Nepal, ruining lives and destroying infrastructure. Over 7,800 people are reported to have died and over 17,800 people were injured. This huge earthquake was followed by more than 60 aftershocks, which toppled homes and schools, forcing thousands of families into open spaces and temporary camps. Many families are struggling simply to protect themselves from the sun and rain and we expect needs to grow in the coming days as we receive more information from remote areas.
As children and families face the aftermath of this disaster, water supplies are running low and food is scarce. The risk of waterborne diseases such as cholera is growing rapidly and at least 15,000 children with severe malnutrition need treatment. With the monsoon season only a few weeks away, children face greater risk of disease and infection. We're aiming to protect over half a million children from disease in an emergency vaccination drive.
Unicef has over 200 staff working in Kathmandu and the surrounding area, delivering clean water and other life-saving supplies to children and families in danger. However, almost all of the hospitals in the affected districts have been destroyed and many of those in need are in remote areas. Your donation could help us save lives.
A donation of £10,000 is enough to provide emergency water kits to over 900 families in Nepal.
Unicef had supplies ready in Nepal that were immediately distributed to keep children and families safe from danger. Over the last week we've also dispatched two cargo flights containing 120 tonnes of humanitarian supplies to Kathmandu.
We're supplying safe water for children and families and installing toilets in temporary locations, as well as distributing water purification tablets, hygiene kits, soap and buckets to remote villages by helicopter. Over 150,000 people have benefited from this so far but still more people need our help. Our Unicef Nepal colleagues are on the ground distributing emergency health kits, life-saving food and clothes, and have started identifying and registering separated children. With the help of donations we're also providing psychological support and distributing tents to set up 100 child-friendly spaces in the camps.
Half of Nepal's population are children, so please donate today and help save children's lives.
Funds raised for this appeal will support children affected by the earthquake in Nepal. If the funds raised exceed Unicef's funding requirements for this appeal the money will go to Unicef UK's Children's Emergency Fund