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2015 Nepal Earthquake Response

A massive 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck 77 kilometres (48 miles) northwest of Nepal's capital Kathmandu in Lamjung District at 11:56 local time on 25 Apr 2015, toppling office blocks and towers and killing hundreds of people. The government reports that 35 of 75 districts are affected in the Western and Central Regions, including the Kathmandu Valley districts. The most affected districts are Dhading, Gorkha, Rasuwa, Sindhupalchowk, Kavre, Nuwakot, Dolakha, Kathmandu, Lalitpur, Bhaktapur, and Ramechhap. (Relief Web, 26 April 2015)

On Tuesday, 12 May 2015 at 12:50 local time (UTC +5:45), a second earthquake measuring 7.3 magnitude struck. The epicentre was southeast of Kodari (Sindhupalchowk District), 76 km northeast of Kathmandu – an area already affected by the 25 April quake. The Government confirmed that a total of 8,881 deaths, 602,254 houses fully damaged and 288,255 houses partially damaged (UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator Nepal, 21 August 2015

For more information on coordination, please contact Rebecca Vo, CaLP Asia Regional Focal Point, at asia@cashlearning.org

For communications and to provide resources and information relevant to the response in Nepal, please contact Kanvara Suchitta, CaLP Asia Administrator and Communications Officer, at admin.asia@cashlearning.org

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Situation Overview


Cash Working Group

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Please note that OCHA is convening and coordinating the cash working group for the Nepal response.

Further information regarding the main point of contact and documents can be found through the Humanitarian Response  Cash Working Group webpage.

This information will also be cross posted on the CaLP D-groups.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA): Regional Office for Asia & the Pacific (ROAP)

  • OCHA (29 May 2015): Revised Flash Appeal: Nepal Earthquake (as of June 2015) April - September 2015 - Cash as a modality among others to deliver on key humanitarian objectives. In the particular circumstances of Nepal at the present time, there are opportunities and situations where the provision of emergency multi-purpose cash may be identified as an effective and efficient modality of relief delivery. Unrestricted and unconditional cash transfers can provide households with the ability to meet their basic daily needs as and when they arise for a limited period of time. 
  • OCHA (29 April 2015): Flash Appeal for the Response to the Nepal Earthquake (April - July 2015) - Building on pre-existing support programmes, cash will be used as a critical input for food security, livelihoods and other sectors. This will ensure that local markets are not disrupted and most efficient support is provided.
  • UN OCHA Nepal


All Clusters are activated.

Private Sector


Assessment Working Group

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Damage Impact (Geographic)

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Payment Mechanisms


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Social Protection

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Country Information

Capital: Kathmandu

Population: 26,494,504 (Census 2011)

Ethnic groups: Nepalese 58%; Bihari 18%; Tharu 4%; Tamang 4%; Newar 3%; Magar 2%; Abadhi 2%; Other 12% (populstat)

Rural population: 83% (UNFPA 2012)

Population below poverty line: 25.2% (2010) (WHO 2012) HDI (2014): 0.540 (145 out of 187) (Human Development 2014)

Population density (people per sq. km) in Nepal: 209

Area: 147,181 km2

Official Language: Nepali

GPD per capita: $743 (2012)

Currency: Nepalese rupee (NPR)

Time Zone: NPT (UTC+5:45)

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Situation Reports

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Information Requests

CaLP aims to provide up-to-date information that may be useful to responders. Please send relevant resources and reports, as well as any additional inquires for sought information, to: admin.asia@cashlearning.org

CaLP is currently requesting information on the following:

  • Basic Needs Assessments
  • Market Assessments
  • Financial Service Providers Assessments