Tents, tarpaulins and tigers: mountain communities in Nepal struggle to cope

What remains of a home in Khalckok - ©IFRC/MerlijnStoffels

What remains of a home in Khalckok – ©IFRC/MerlijnStoffels

To the casual observer, the road between Kathmandu and Kavere gives a misleading impression of the destruction caused by April’s earthquake.

Life goes on as normal and homes and shops are untouched. It’s not until you turn off the road at the town of Sangha and travel two miles up a bumpy dirt track into the surrounding hills that the true picture of this disaster unfolds.


How the ‘Facebook for refugees’ will help reunite families

@ICRC/Pawel Krzysiek

@ICRC/Pawel Krzysiek

When conflict erupts in your community, it’s all too easy to become separated from your family in the rush to safety.

For those who manage to escape, their relief is often tempered by concern for missing loved ones.

Helping to reunite families separated by conflict or disaster is a core Red Cross service, and a new website has given our work a huge boost in South Sudan.


Earthquake hero’s tribute to teacher who saved his life

Devastation in Regish's village of  Choutara - ©NorwegianRedCross/ArildBlomkvist

Devastation in Regish’s village of Choutara – ©NorwegianRedCross/ArildBlomkvist

“I was playing with my little brother in my room when everything started to shake,” said Regish Giri.

The 15-year-old, who was inspired to learn earthquake survival skills by his geography teacher, knew what to do next. His quick thinking saved five lives.


Why we need money, not goods, for Nepal

Nepal-kid-and-babyWe’ve been inundated with kind offers of all sorts of goods in the past week – but however well-intentioned, such donations won’t help. In big disasters, money talks.

News of the Nepal earthquake was barely out before the first calls came in.

People across the country had been moved by the distressing scenes on television and wanted to help. Many wanted to donate goods to send overseas – sleeping bags, tents, children’s clothes, kitchen utensils and even food.

But while the Red Cross is grateful for these offers, such an approach won’t work. Here’s why: More

Nepal earthquake: story of a village

Boy-doorIn the remote village of Sathighar – four hours north of Kathmandu – almost every house was destroyed. A Nepal Red Cross team was the first to reach the scene since the earthquake struck.

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Blue-skyIt’s difficult to overstate the severity of the situation. In this village, an overwhelming majority of people lost both their homes and livestock, and now have no way of getting food


The Red Cross arrived to find a scene of utter devastation: 11 people had been killed and many were injured. The surviving villagers were desperate for help. More

Map team joins race to reach earthquake survivors

A map


Miles from Nepal, Red Cross experts are churning out maps that could bring vital help to earthquake-hit families.

The London-based team uses an amazing mix of technology and teamwork to produce new maps at lightning speed. But how does this cutting-edge work get tents and blankets to families struggling after the disaster? More