Nepal is still coming to terms after the devastating 7.8-magnitude earthquake. Immediate relief effort has finally started to reach remote areas. With government, security forces, independent groups, international governments and organizations continuing their extra-ordinary work in the relief efforts, I would like to draw attention to simultaneously thinking about the long-term recovery process. The recovery process includes debris removal, post-earthquake health sector co-ordination, restoration of public utilities, and resettlement/reconstruction/ rehabilitation.
Recovery will be long and arduous. Although it is too early to assess the full cost of the catastrophic earthquake, an initial estimate by U.S. Geological Service reckons damages of $1 to $10 billion. An economist with IHS forecasts the cost of reconstruction to be around $5 billion.
Central Coordination is key
A massive 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck Nepal on April 25. As of now, nearly 2500 deaths have been reported and this number is expected to rise. To put things in perspective, Nepal’s recent earthquake is 22 times larger in its impact than the 2010 Haiti earthquake that claimed 110,000 – 160,000 lives. The aftershocks are making things even worse – Nepal has already experienced 50 aftershocks of more than 4.0-magnitude.
The road to recovery is going to be very long and arduous. We need to coordinate with the Government in this rescue process. It is heartening that international governments – India, China, Pakistan, France, England, Israel, Russia – and international organizations – UN, PLAN, Oxfam, and others – are responding promptly to Nepal’s situation.
We can also contribute to the rescue process by donating in any amount we can. While choosing the organization for donation, please make sure that you choose a registered 501©3 charitable organization so that your contribution will not be taxed. Please note that this tax situation only applies to people donating from United States.