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Nepal's Nature Earthquakes
25 April 2015 08:00 UTC Situation Overview
A Socio-Demographic Impact Study 2016
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April 2015: A M 7.8 earthquake struck Nepal
25 April 2015 08:00 UTC: Situation Overview

Most affected areas are Gorkha and Lamjung Districts (north-west of Kathmandu). Damage in Kathmandu Valley limited to historical densely built up neighbourhoods.

- Latest government figures on total causalities are between 700 - 1000. This is expected to increase.

- Government has called emergency meeting with CNDRC followed by Emergency Core Clusters. Updates on this to be shared shortly.

- Total affected population not yet determined but 30 of 75 districts are reported to be affected.

Gorkha District
Gorkha District Demographic Profile

Disaster event

At 11:56 local time, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal, with epicenter in Lamjung District (north-west) of Kathmandu; south of China border).


Government reporting 30 out of 75 districts affected in the Western and Central Regions, including Kathmandu Valley districts. This includes mountain and hilly areas, disperse rural populations as well as some very densely populated districts and Nepal’s 2 largest cities – greater Kathmandu and Pokhara. Most affected districts are Sindulpalchowk, Kavre, Nuwakot, Rasuwa, Dolakha in the CR and Kaski, Gorkha, Lamjung in the WR.Initial reports from UN field offices are that the Eastern Region is not badly affected and Terrai has been minimally affected.
Earthquakes Richter and Mercalli Scales

In Kathmandu Valley, hospitals area overcrowded, running out of room for storing dead bodies and also running short of emergency supplies.BIR hospital is treating people in the streets. There are reports that the hospital emergency stocks are depleting/used up and there is a need for a government decision on bringing kits from the military.

Majority of population remaining outside houses due to fear of aftershocks and structural damage to buildings.

Source: UN, Office of the Resident Coordinator Nepal, 25 April 2015


A Socio-Demographic Impact Study
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Source: UNFPA the United Nations Population Fund
Nepal Earthquake 2015:
A Socio-Demographic Impact Study
(With Reference to the 14 Most Affected Districts)
A study conducted by the Central Department of Population Studies (CDPS), Tribhuvan University for the Ministry of Population and Environment (MoPE)
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Tsum Valley Taprang (Lamjung Himal) Dharchya (Gorkha area)

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External link
Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System
Disaster Management and Risk Reduction Technology
USGS National Earthquake Information Center (NEIC)
Pacific Disaster Center
UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Nepal
Department of Hydrology and Meteorology Nepal
National Society for Earthquake Technology - Nepal (NSET)
IRIS - Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology
Swiss Seismological Service (SED)
European Commission Joint Research Centr
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