Concern’s emergency team caught up in latest Nepal earthquake

Concern’s emergency team caught up in latest Nepal earthquake

12 May 2015

Concern Worldwide’s Emergency Response Team, already in Nepal responding to the earthquake of 25 April, are all accounted for after they were left shaken by a new earthquake registering 7.3 on the Richter scale.

The second earthquake struck the country at approximately 1pm local time on Tuesday 12 May. 

Concern Emergency Response Team member Kieran McConville, who is with another section of Concern’s Emergency Team in a remote area of the countryside, said:

We were standing on the side of a hill in Bhirkot when the earthquake happened. In the valley below I could see dust rising from the houses as they were collapsing. The earthquake two weeks ago damaged those houses and this one destroyed them.

The villagers are now sitting in an open space in a field very afraid and night fall is approaching. There have been five big new earthquakes and several aftershocks in the last few hours.  Right now, we’re surrounded by landslides limiting our ability to move around.

Ros O’Sullivan, Concern’s Senior Humanitarian Adviser who has been leading the response on the ground for the last two weeks, and who is in the capital Kathmandu, said:  

It started off as a low rumbling and then buildings started shaking… Everyone went outdoors. Everyone was fearful. It’s only in the last few days that people have felt comfortable about going back indoors at night, so this is a real blow to local people.

I’ve been on the ground two weeks today, leading the Concern team’s response to the previous earthquake. Over the past two weeks, we’ve experienced tremors almost daily, nightly even... There hasn’t been anything that’s had people running out of doors. However, this one was big.

Our Emergency Response Team on the ground has been focusing on clean water systems, hygiene kits and shelter provision and has been linking with two former local partner organisations, Rural Reconstruction Nepal and Nepal Water for Health. Concern worked in Nepal from 2005 to 2010 and has local knowledge.

This latest earthquake will undoubtedly result in the need for additional shelter resources as previously damaged homes have been destroyed or rendered uninhabitable.

Additionally, the psychological element cannot be downplayed. The people of Nepal experienced a serious trauma only two weeks ago and this event has made everyone extremely nervous.

Map of Nepal. Source: UNOCHA.

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Map of Nepal. Source: UNOCHA.

Concern’s emergency team caught up in latest Nepal earthquake

Concern’s Emergency Response Team, already in Nepal responding to the earthquake of 25 April, are all accounted for after they were left shaken by a new earthquake registering 7.3 on the Richter scale.
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