Description of crisis
The 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal on Saturday 25 April 2015 (11:56am local time), with the epicentre some 50 miles northwest of Kathmandu in Gorkha district. There have been hundreds of aftershocks but a second major quake of 7.3 magnitude struck on 12 May at 12:50pm local time. The epicentre was 47 miles northeast of Kathmandu in Sindhupalchok district - an area already badly affected by the earlier quake.
Over 8,600 people were killed, including 154 people killed in the 12 May earthquake. Over 490,000 houses have been reported destroyed and more than 260,000 damaged, with up to 3.8 million people needing help with temporary shelter, repairs or rebuilding.
On 28 April 2015, the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced a total of £250,000 funding to assist the people affected by the Nepal earthquake. The money was sent to the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) to be distributed amongst its members who are working on the ground in Nepal.
DEC member agencies are providing a wide range of emergency items and services, such as emergency shelter, food, blankets, clean water, sanitation supplies, water storage units, medical aid, baby kits and other essentials. As quickly as possible, they will begin supporting the worst affected communities to begin rebuilding more permanent homes and restoring their livelihoods.