25th April Earthquake – Manaslu / Tsum
Gorkha district is heavily affected by the 7.8 earthquake that happened on the 25th April. The epicentre was just south of the district with the fault slip’s energy heading east and north.
Larpak and Barpak report north of Gorkha have been pretty much shaken to the ground.
For those areas familiar to Manaslu trekkers, the situation is not much better. As you will know either from visiting in the past, or seeing photos, many houses are build of piled stones, which have little strength when shaken by an earthquake. Landslides have also occurred in several places which have damaged trails. With small tremors still happening, which can happen up to a couple of months after the original slip, it will be a few weeks yet before teams can properly survey the trails. Many people are optimistic that later in the year the route will be opened again, but prudent to wait for an official assessment from the Trekking Agents Association of Nepal (TAAN) who are organising an assessment trip at the end of May.
A team centred around Tsum Valley Home stay in Bouddha have worked with people up and down the valley to put together an accurate document that shows what has happened. Click below for the spreadsheet. Keep in touch with their progress via their Facebook page Tsum Nubri.
There is a UN general situation report here. Key Findings and Maps.
Donations are still needed in the short and medium term, first for relief – food and shelter, then helping with rebuilding of more resilient houses. It’s going to be a huge amount of work.
Other organisation which may offer you a tax break
- UK – Phase Nepal, working in this region right now.
- Australia – Himalayan Development Foundation Australia is working with Phase and accepting donations
- USA tax deductable – Nepal SEEDS
- France – http://www.samdoavenir.org/en/nous-aider
- Eurozone – fast option to Richard Bull’s personal bank account in Netherlands. Will transfer funds into Nepal and hand cash to the relief office firstname.lastname@example.org