Our local teams on the ground report that no SOS children, mothers or staff were harmed in yesterday's earthquake, which struck 52 miles east of the Nepalese capital Kathmandu in the Kodari area.
Minor damage occurred to Bharatpur Village, with the tremor causing small cracks in various buildings onnthe site, including the school. However, no substantial damage has been reported and fortunately all other Villages remain unscathed.
Fear and panic
The earthquake came just 17 days after the disaster of 25th April, which at a magnitude of 7.8, was more than six times more severe than yesterday's tremor. With life still in chaos for many families, the mood was one of fear and panic across the country. Our teams report that local people remain anxious and are remaining outside their homes to protect themselves against further tremors. Two significant aftershocks have already been recorded, one measuring 6.3.
So far, the death toll stands at 65 but it is feared that many more may be dead. Like the April earthquake, the epicentre of yesterday's event was in a remote location, making it difficult for relief workers and officials to assess the full extent of the damage. With the quake occurring in the north of Nepal near the border, deaths have been reported as far afield as China and India, where 16 people have been confirmed dead in Bihar province.
Aid work continues
Existing relief camps remain open, with Chautara camp offering shelter and support to those worst affected. Last night, the national army was requesting to acquire additional shelter to house those wishing to remain outside overnight in fear of further aftershocks. The government dispatched search and rescue helicopters to help those affected in the immediate aftermath. However, no further international assistance has been affected.
What are we doing to help?
Since last month's disaster, we have been providing support for children and families affected by the earthquake:
- In the immediate aftermath, we provided shelter, food, water and first aid to families in need
- We worked to reunite unaccompanied children with their parents
- We are offering a home to children who cannot return to their families
- We are running child-friendly spaces which offer counselling to traumatised children, and the opportunity to play and socialise away from the chaos of natural disaster
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