An update on the Nepal earthquake
This is a short update on Adam Smith International’s team in Nepal and how the recent earthquake has affected them. At the time the first earthquake struck we had 10 permanent staff members in-country, several international associates and some 90 local team members.
We are glad to be able to report that all international and local staff have been accounted for and none are injured.
The earthquake hit when many of our international personnel were in our Nepal office. Once the earthquake hit the team followed protocol and evacuated the building to safe open ground. For the first two nights they slept in the open, like many people in Kathmandu.
Their major focus over the past few days has been to contact our local staff and check how they are. It’s great that they are safe and well, although some homes have been damaged.
Now the issue is how to help Nepal recover and rebuild. We are helping to use our extensive local network to collect information to help target the humanitarian response. We are also discussing how the scope of our long-term programmes in Nepal could be amended to help Nepal to deal with emerging systemic challenges that are resulting from this disaster.