GOAL’s emergency response team in Nepal is currently working to establish the damage, injuries and potential casualties caused by today’s earthquake, the second major earthquake to hit the country in two weeks.
Speaking in the last few minutes, GOAL’s Country Director in Nepal, Dr Raj Singh described the scene on the ground in Kathmandu as ‘chaotic’.
“People are not permitted to enter buildings at the moment and we have had three aftershocks since the quake, one of which was very pronounced.
“Thankfully, all my colleagues in GOAL escaped injury and are safe, and at this point we are working as best we can to establish the level of damage, injuries and potential loss of life here in the capital and elsewhere.
“We were working inside when the earthquake struck. Tables and chairs started to shake violently, doors were opening and closing and people started to panic. We got out as soon as we could and we saw buildings swaying as the shaking continued. The earthquake lasted approximately 30 seconds. It was chaotic; people here are extremely scared.
“From where I am standing, I can see cracks in several buildings and there is a real fear of buildings collapsing.
Mr Singh said that apart from now assisting people who have been affected by today’s quake, the challenge for aid groups to support those who were affected by the first earthquake has become even more challenging.
“We’ve been delivering aid to extremely vulnerable families in four of the most-affected districts around Kathmandu,” said Mr. Singh. “The latest quake will undoubtedly complicate and frustrate this work.”
GOAL Regional Director, Darren Hanniffy has already departed for Kathmandu and should be on the ground later this afternoon.