Washington, DC – As Secretary of State Rex Tillerson prepares to testify on the administration’s budget, a leading group of humanitarian, development and global health organizations are releasing new data that shows just how devastating these proposed cuts to the United States’ foreign aid budget would be to millions of people in the poorest countries.
World Vision joins the people of Nepal in remembering the one-year anniversary of the April 2015 earthquake – honoring lost loved ones while recognizing the strong community solidarity and support that helped save thousands.
World Vision is rushing supplies to those in need in Nepal, days after an earthquake hit the country, causing widespread death and damage. Approximately 4,000 lives have been lost and 8 million people have been affected by the quake.
As World Vision teams reached remote villages outside of Kathmandu, Nepal this morning, after days of trying, they found extensive damage and desperate need for basic survival supplies following Saturday’s massive earthquake.
The 7.8-magnitude earthquake that struck Nepal on 25 April 2015 devastated the country, affecting
more than 8 million people by causing widespread displacement and destruction of homes, infrastructure, and services. In the earthquake and a strong 7.3-magnitude aftershock on 12 May, 8,891 people were killed and the
total financial loss is estimated to be more than US$7 billion.
World Vision has mobilized emergency response staff and supplies after a powerful 7.8 earthquake toppled buildings and triggered avalanches, killing thousands. We are responding to meet basic, urgent needs with temporary shelter, food, water, emergency health interventions and other vital aid.
In one of the largest ever child consultations undertaken following a disaster, nearly 2,000 children who survived the earthquakes in Nepal have expressed their greatest fears and hopes post-quake. The aid organizations that carried out the consultations – Plan International, Save the Children, UNICEF and World Vision – highlight the need to strengthen the resilience of communities against major disasters.