Humanity Road’s overall disaster response activities began on April 25, 2015 and ended on June 12, 2015. In addition to producing general daily situation reports and conducting social media monitoring and amplification, Humanity Road was activated for five mission-specific projects. Crisis mapping and urgent needs identification support was provided for the Kathmandu Living Labs crisis mapping effort through the entire response period. In addition, special reports were provided for World Health Organization, Americares, Nethope and UNOCHA.
On April 25, 2015, Nepal was hit by a shallow magnitude 7.8 earthquake centered 34 km ESE of Lamjung District. Called the Gorkha earthquake, it killed over 8,800 people and destroyed nearly 600,000 houses in rural districts near the epicenter and in the capital city of Kathmandu (UNOCHA). It also caused an avalanche on Mount Everest that killed at least 20 people and injured 120 (Washington Post) and a mudslide in the Langtag Valley where at least 250 people were reported missing (Associated Press).
On May 12, a large 7.3 magnitude aftershock, called the Dolakha quake, struck the region killing more than 200 and injuring more than 2,500 people in Nepal (CNN) and killing at least 17 people in India and one person in Tibet (CNN). Daily aftershocks, combined with monsoon rains, have created landslides and flooding resulting in more and more people becoming internally displaced. Hundreds of thousands of people are currently living in temporary shelters, and about 2.8 million require humanitarian assistance (UNOCHA).
Below are the situation reports published by Humanity Road. Important to note that we are providing relevant associated links but that they may not be responsive due to damage, loss of power, or unavailable bandwidth. We are supporting the Kathmandu Living Labs Quake Map for crisis reporting of crowd sourced information.
- HumanityRoadNepalSitrep8May2summary (1).pdf
Humanity Road – Nepal
Activation: Nepal 7.3 May 12, 2015 Earthquake
Publication Date: May 12,2015
Social Media Situation Report
Today’s report is a summary of new information found on social media following the 7.3 magnitude aftershock that occurred on 12 May 2015 in Nepal, China, and India. Our live situation report and summary situation reports #1-11 covering the Nepal earthquake of 25 April can be accessed at https://humanityroad.org/apr25nepalquake/.
This situation report highlights urgent needs, situational awareness, significant updates, social
media highlights, and underserved locations. Humanity Road volunteers have been contributing to the analysis and amplification of information gathered through social media data mining since 25 April. We continue to collaborate with Translators without Borders and Kathmandu Living Labs, .
Highlights found today in social media and mainstream media begin on Page 2. Included are updates on transportation, communications, damage to hospitals, impacted districts, and maps and photos/videos primarily in Nepal and India.
Please visit the following sites daily for disaster response updates
- Reliefweb: http://reliefweb.int/disaster/eq-2015-000048-npl
- Humanitarian Response: http://www.humanitarianresponse.info/operations/nepal
*Important Note: we are providing relevant associated links but they may not be responsive due
to damage, loss of power, or unavailable bandwidth.
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Situation Report: Earthquake Nepal – Bordering China and India
Situation Report – (period covered: May 12, 2015)
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Just 17 days after a 7.8 earthquake struck Nepal, the country has been hit by two powerful aftershocks: a magnitude 7.3 earthquake at 07:05:19 UTC and a magnitude 6.3 earthquake at 07:36:53 UTC, both on May 12, 2015. (source) The 7.3 magnitude quake was centered 18km SE of Kodari. The 6.3 was centered 33km NNE of Ramechhap. (source)
The 7.3 earthquake was one of 11 aftershocks that struck within a 34 km radius of Kodari, Nepal. Three other earthquakes struck within 33 km of Ramechhap, Nepal and one struck 5 km SSW of Zuobude, China (67 km E of Banepa, Nepal). (source)
More buildings have collapsed, and new landslides are blocking roads and highways. Some international Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) teams are still in country and have been requested to support the authorities with search and rescue, and military assets are conducting aerial assessments. (source)
The number of deaths and injuries varies. According to Nepalese government spokesman Minendra Rijal, at least 48 people have died and another 1,261 have been injured in Nepal, and 32 districts have been affected. At least 17 people in India have died according to Home Ministry spokesman Kuldeep Dhatwalia. Sixteen of those deaths were in Bihar state, with the other in Uttar Pradesh. The earthquake also affected China, killing a woman in Tibet, according to China’s state-run Xinhua news agency. In the same report, local police officer Wu Aijun said that landslides in the Gyirong area in Tibet. (source)
After the major earthquake today, Nepal Police suggest staying in open fields and avoiding voice network – use SMS. (source)
(12 May) A US Marines UH1-huey rescue helicopter has been confirmed as missing. It has been out of contact since afternoon, in the Sunakhani area of Dolakha. (source)
EMBASSY HELP LINES
STATUS OF ROAD / HIGHWAYS
POWER AND COMMUNICATIONS
DISTRICTS IMPACTED AND CASUALTIES
Social Media Reports from Districts Impacted:
Bhaktapur District (Bagmati)
Dolakha District (Janakpur)
Kathmandu District (Bagmati)
Kavrepalanchok District (Bagmati)
Lalitpur District (Bagmati)
Sarlahi District (Janakpur)
Sindhupalchowk District (Bagmati)
PHOTOS / VIDEOS
(12 May) Unconfirmed reports of one person killed and three injured in a landslide triggered by the quake in Tibet, according to China Central Television. (source)
Affected Districts/ Areas: Kushinagar (UP), Dinajpur, Ghaziabad, Guwahati, Patna, Kolkata, Bhatinda. In Bihar – Darbhanga, Saran, Siwan, Nawada, Samastipur, Muzaffarpur, Sitamarhi, Madhepura, Motihari and Purnia.
(12 May) Today’s earthquake on map
(12 May) Patna, Eastern India impact
PHOTOS / VIDEOS
(12 May) Injured school children, West Bengal
(12 May) Buildings damaged, Bihar
(12 May) Today’s earthquake blog, TOI