By Pip Hansen, ChildFund New Zealand with Jake Lyell, for ChildFund
It has been 10 days since Nepal was rocked by a devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake, and the aftershocks keep coming. The death toll has risen to over 7,000 and Nepal’s National Emergency Operations Centre reports more than 160,000 houses destroyed and another 143,000 damaged. Main roads are now open, but many secondary roads are still blocked.
Over the weekend ChildFund emergency relief workers reached remote villages in Sindhupalchowk, one of the hardest-hit areas. They have distributed 10 tonnes of rice, 1.5 tonnes of dahl (lentils) and salt; which will support more than 10,000 children and family members in the area.ChildFund relief supplies reach Sindhupalchowk, Nepal. Photo: Jake Lyell/ChildFundChildFund emergency relief workers distribute rice in Sindhupalchowk district, Nepal. Photo: Jake Lyell/ChildFund
Jake Lyell, currently in Nepal working for ChildFund, was with the emergency team as they distributed relief supplies. He says the devastation is eerie – Nepal’s stunning landscapes juxtaposed with wreckage and rubble.
“I can say that the area around where ChildFund works is the worst I’ve seen. It’s more remote and the damage was very severe. When you drove through the areas you could smell the stench of bodies coming from the dilapidated houses. It made our hearts sink.”
– Jake Lyell
Distributing more food relief is a high priority, as are water, shelter, medical aid and the protection of children. ChildFund will continue with relief efforts supporting the people of Sinduhpalchowk.
ChildFund has been working in Nepal for 20 years and will continue to stand with the children and families of Nepal.A young boy with injuries sustained in the earthquake, Sindhupalchowk, Nepal. Photo: Jake Lyell/ChildFund