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Humanitarians Traveling to Kathmandu

Last year, a massive earthquake struck Nepal and its capital, Kathmandu. In the aftermath of this natural calamity, humanitarians from all over the world together with the local population started rebuilding the entire country and capital. They undertook activities ranging from repairing trails, helping the wounded, providing shelter, re-restoring access to clean drinking water to helping vulnerable people who had been affected by this frightening occurrence.

Nepal and Kathmandu are continuously in pain

Nepal is one of the most disaster-prone countries in the world. It’s hit by numerous natural calamities every year due to its vulnerable location. As a result, lives are lost and properties destroyed. The main reason for this suffering is because the country sits above an active fault line; earthquakes of very high intensity could occur any time, any day. Because of this, humanitarian aid is an almost permanent necessity. The massive earthquake on April 25, 2015, and its aftershocks were a testimony to that fact.

Humanitarian relief organization ACTED emergency teams arrived very shortly after the quake. Since then, they’ve been mobilized in the Kathmandu valley. 16 temporary camps were set up during the first weeks of the emergency. The aid workers experienced extreme weather conditions during this period. However, the main priority was to provide shelter to the local disaster-struck population. The aid workers did this by distributing emergency shelters such as tents and temporary housing construction kits.

Oxfam was also among the organizations active on-site. They were involved in repairing trails and renovating access to water supplies, as well as agricultural projects, to help to rebuild the country. In the capital Kathmandu, Oxfam has set up women’s centers offering group counseling sessions for vulnerable women who were affected by the disaster.

Unfortunately, Nepal isn’t safe and clear from natural calamities, and probably never will be. Researchers discovered earlier this year that the massive underground fault line that ruptured the earthquake mentioned above is still under tremendous strain, remember it’s right underneath Kathmandu. This increases the chances of another large-scale tremor within years or decades rather than the centuries it usually takes between multiple large earthquakes.

In addition to our three travel services, we also provide up-to-date travel information on vulnerable locations through our global network of 17 offices around the world. Contact your local Raptim office through our quick address locator to gain more insight regarding the current condition of Nepal and Kathmandu. We know this region like the palms of our hands. For instance, we understand that transportation in Nepal is very challenging due to its mountainous landscape, so helicopters are often required. We’re always glad to help because we believe our world is a better place when compassion can travel where it is needed most.