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Focus on the district of Kathmandu, a year after the earthquake

ACTED Nepal: Kathmandu, 29 april 2015, four days after the first earthquake

Located less than 80km from the epicenter of the earthquake of 25 April 2015, the Kathmandu Valley was particularly affected by the disaster.

Arriving only two days after the earthquake, ACTED emergency teams have been mobilized since then in the Kathmandu valley. In the first weeks of the emergency, 16 temporary camps were set up in the valley, and facing particularly adverse weather conditions, the priority was to give a shelter to the population by distributing emergency shelters (tents, tarpaulins and shelter construction kits). 2,000 tarpaulins have been distributed. A support in livelihoods and agriculture has also been provided, benefitting to 4,600 people since 2015. 300 people were also involved in cash for work activities in Kathmandu district.

Since the early days of the disaster, the media and international aid have focused mainly on the capital. ACTED teams are based in Kathmandu, but they have quickly implemented support interventions outside the capital in remote areas that are difficult to access and forgotten by the humanitarian assistance, as Solukhumbu or Dolakha districts, located at a higher altitude. To reach some isolated areas as in the Dhading district, the teams based in Kathmandu, have immediately implemented distributions of hundreds of shelter kits, going back and forth in helicopter. ACTED has also worked with Sherpas in several interventions, as they helped teams identify the safest routes. They also distributed essential items directly to families who live in areas that are not accessible by road or by helicopter, because of a steep landscape.