On April 25, 2015, a 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck near Kathmandu and was followed by a series of large aftershocks. With millions of people affected, the impact of the earthquake prompted a significant international response.
On May 12, 2015, a further 7.3-magnitude earthquake struck Nepal, northeast of Kathmandu and near Nepal’s border with China. This second earthquake caused additional damage and loss of life, including throughout those areas already affected by the April 25 earthquake. Government of Canada officials and members of Canada’s Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART), who are already on the ground providing support to relief operations that have been under way since late April, are all safe and accounted for. They are continuing to provide support to humanitarian assistance efforts taking place in Nepal, and they will continue to work with the Government of Nepal and humanitarian agencies to prioritize needs and determine where Canada’s specialist capabilities can best be directed in the aftermath of the second earthquake.
The Government of Canada has taken swift and multi-faceted action since the April 25 earthquake struck. Canadian families have been assured of the well-being of their loved ones in Nepal, Canadian citizens have been airlifted to safety and critical assistance has been delivered to the affected population.
The Government of Canada has so far committed a total of $10 million in funding for the humanitarian response to the crisis, which has been directed to experienced humanitarian partners, including UN humanitarian agencies, Canadian NGOs and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).
Canada rapidly deployed a team of experts to Nepal to assess the needs of the affected population. The team has now completed its work, and its recommendations have guided Canada’s actions to best support ongoing humanitarian assistance efforts. Since the initial earthquake, Canadian CC-177 Globemaster aircraft have transported Canadian Armed Forces personnel—including medical staff, civil-military cooperation personnel, aero-movement specialists, signallers and support personnel—into Nepal. Equipment transported has included a cargo vehicle, a military ambulance and a forklift truck to assist the DART’s support activities in the country.
Canada’s collaborative support is helping to ensure life-saving humanitarian assistance is provided to the most vulnerable people, by delivering basic health and medical assistance, as well as food, water and shelter, and by supporting logistics and coordination on the ground.
Visit the Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada website to find out more about Canada’s Humanitarian Assistance to Nepal, Consular Affairs, Travel Advisories and ways you can help.