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Severe Earthquake Response

On April 25, a magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck central Nepal, followed by a second 7.3 magnitude earthquake on May 12, with aftershocks in the range of magnitudes 5.6 to 6.3 in the hours following the second quake. Airlink is currently helping its NGO and airline partners respond.

As of May 12, the death toll has climbed to more than 9,000 people, and more than 23,000 were injured. The UN estimated that approximately 8 million people - nearly a third of Nepal’s population - were affected by the earthquakes across 39 of the country’s 75 districts. The most severely impacted areas included the Kathmandu Valley, and the Sindhupalchok and Gorkha Districts, and urgent needs were addressed even in the remote and mountainous areas, despite difficult road access and logistics. According to the Ministry of Health and Population, 26 hospitals were damaged and more than 900 village health facilities outside the Kathmandu Valley were nonfunctional following the first quake.

In total, Airlink partnered with 12 nonprofits and 5 airlines to send 80 relief workers and three search and rescue dogs into the field, as well as nearly 78,000 pounds of aid cargo . Our partners have reached more than 25,000 people with medical and food aid, and more than 30,000 people with clean water solutions.

Read our full report - including stories from our partners - here.