Rugby-based charity Practical Action helps thousands affected by Nepal earthquake

Scenes in Nepal
Scenes in Nepal

An aid charity that has a base in Rugby is helping people affected by Saturday’s earthquake in Nepal.

Many people are without food, water, medical supplies and shelter and Practical Action is giving urgent relief to people on the ground.

We spent all night in the open to stay safe

Min Bakram Malla, energy project manager for Practical Action

It is estimated that 90 per cent of houses in northern Gorkha, the epicentre of the earthquake, have been damaged or destroyed.

The charity’s UK head office is based in Bourton on Dunsmore, Rugby.

A Practical Action spokesman said: “Our Nepal country director, Achyut Luitel, chaired a planning meeting 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 all 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.”

Min Bakram Malla, energy project manager for Practical Action, has worked with dozens of isolated communities in the region.

Today he said: “More than 90 per cent of the houses in the villages I know in Gorkha have been destroyed. There is a similar situation in Rasuwa and Dhading nearby.

“In the last 17 hours around 60 heavy aftershocks have been felt.

“The situation is terrible. We spent all night in the open to stay safe.”

To make a donation go to http://practicalaction.org/helpnepal