Update #2 on Nepal earthquake deployment

This is an update on the deployment for Nepal and a brief summary of the situation as we understand it on the ground.

The situation in Nepal at 1900 UTC April 25 2015

Nepal was hit by the worst earthquake in 80 years according to UN-OCHA.

The government of Nepal reports 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.

The government has requested search and rescue capacity; – medical teams, supplies and tenting for hospitals, and dead-body bags; – heavy equipment for rubble removal; – and helicopters for transport and access to blocked areas.

Current official estimates put the number of people killed as a result of the earthquake at 2,200 deaths and over 5,800 injured people.


The international community is responding.

Our deployment by the numbers

There are over 400 lines in our information management database

1.4 million tweets have been processed by AIDR (the artificial intelligence in disaster relief platform)

Volunteers, both from the Standby Task Force and from the MicroMappers list have clicked 51,000 images and 6,000 messages.

Volunteers from the Standby Task Force have been geolocating these onto these maps http://maps.micromappers.org/2015/nepal/images/ and http://maps.micromappers.org/2015/nepal/images/

It’s worth pointing out that we are only able to use AIDR and MicoMappers because of our awesome friends at QCRI who built them and make them available to us.

83 volunteers have joined the deployment. They are doing fantastic work but they need your help.

Our role

We activated the Standby Task Force as part of the humanitarian response at 1200 UTC on April 25 2015. Initially the deployment is expected to last until 2300 UTC Thursday April 30 2015 but this will be kept under review.

We have issued a news release about our deployment.

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3 comments on “Update #2 on Nepal earthquake deployment
  1. Amar Mehta says:

    Need to know if you need volunteers for Nepal. At present at Gorakhpur on the Nepal Border and can go in with some doctor friends where help is needed. Please let me know.

  2. pokhrelhardik says:

    I am from kathmandu. Really willing to help on ground.

  3. BenProctor says:

    Standby Task Force itself only deploys online. We certainly benefit from the assistance of people with local knowledge.

    We understand and respect people wanting to provide practical assistance. We strongly recommend that, if you do want to render practical aid you contact the red cross or red crescent society in your country (ie not in Nepal) for advice and assistance. You can locate your red cross or red crescent society here http://www.ifrc.org/en/what-we-do/where-we-work/

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