Nepal earthquake: MAF assessing how to help in disaster response

Published: 27 Apr 2015

Nepal earthquake: MAF assessing how to help in disaster response

Updated 1 May 2015

MAF’s Disaster Response Team has been working to assess how we may be able to help after a serious 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit the country last Saturday.

The scenes emerging on the media are horrifying. More than 6,000 people are confirmed dead, with a further 14,000 injured. The Nepali Government suspects the death toll may rise to 10,000. The destruction has flattened communities, leaving tens of thousands of people displaced. Ongoing aftershocks mean many more are afraid to return to their homes.

Landslides, heavy rains, limited access to isolated areas and a lack of food and water are immediate concerns in the rescue effort.

Hard to reach by road

We are in communication with several partner relief agencies, and two MAF staff – Daniel Juzi and Alan Robinson – are on the ground in Nepal conducting needs assessment activity.

An estimated 3.5 million people require urgent relief, and many remote hill villages remain cut off and without aid. While some roads have been cleared, relief organisation Medair told us they still encounter serious road access constraints, taking 3 hours to travel 10 miles.

At the moment, it appears that there is a greater need for small helicopters rather than fixed-wing aircraft. We are therefore looking to coordinate and provide logistics management for a helicopter relief service.

We also have our Cessna Caravan aircraft in Mongolia on standby to go to Nepal if the need arises.

MAF’s expertise in aviation, logistics and communications has helped save lives in situations including the Haiti earthquake in 2010 and the Boxing Day tsunami in Sumatra, Indonesia in 2004/5.

At present, no donations are needed for Nepal unless our response escalates. However, you can pray.

Please pray for Nepal:

  • For people affected by the earthquake in Nepal and surrounding regions
  • For those mourning the loss of friends and family
  • For NGOs already on the ground assisting with the disaster response
  • For our disaster relief team as they work on the best solutions to enable help to reach to those in greatest need.