May, 15th 2015
Nepal was hit with two major earthquakes in recent weeks. The first hit April 25th, 2015, and the second, an aftershock of the first, hit western Nepal on May 12th. Damage to the country has been extensive, particularly in the outlying rural areas. In the district of Tanhun, there were only a handful of fatalities from the earthquake. Many homes survived the upheaval; however, these buildings had been structurally compromised to be rendered uninhabitable. Due to continued tremors in the area and fears of another large scale aftershock, many residents are obliged to sleep outside as their homes are unsafe for sleeping. Often villagers opt to sleep with their animals in the animal shelters. This poses numerous hygiene and sanitary risks, including risks of zoonosis: the passing of diseases from animals
to humans. Ground water in this region has been found to have increased turbidity, and many wells have been tested for safe drinking and been deemed “unfit for consumption”.CEAD has been active in Tanhu, which lies at the border of both Lamjung and Gorkha districts, both heavily affected by the earthquakes. CEAD has been working with the Kumal and Tamang communities to teach about sanitation to the women and children and distribute chlorine solutions for water. They deliver educational programs to teach about water purification methods, as well as awareness and precaution methods against zoonosis and diarrhea causing diseases.