27 April 2015
Our Nepal country director Achyut Luitel chaired a planning meeting this morning (Monday, April 27th) in our office in Kathmandu to establish the level of damage in the areas in which we work and co-ordinate our response to the disaster.
The Practical Action team estimates the final death toll will be in the tens of thousands and they have been given substantial financial support from our emergency funds to ensure that we can use our expertise to help the relief efforts on the ground.
Across the country there has been a huge amount of damage. In the northern part of Gorkha, at the epicentre of the earthquake, we believe up to 90 per cent of houses have been damaged or destroyed.
We have been working with thousands of people in these communities for many years and will be using our contacts and experience to help relief efforts in the region.
Most of Kathmandu is still without electricity and water. Our office in Kathmandu has suffered some minor damage, including to the servers and is powered being by a generator.
We have heard from the majority of our staff in Nepal and can confirm they are safe. Many have returned to work today to help co-ordinate relief efforts, despite spending the past two days in camps outside. We are still making efforts to contact remaining staff members.
If there are no more major shocks we hope the office will be getting back to something like normal operation by the middle of the week.
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Updates from Achyut Luitel, Practical Action country director, Nepal via TwitterTweets by @achyutluitel
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