We are gravely hurt and saddened by the most tragic loss of human and animal lives, property and physical infrastructure caused by the earthquake of Saturday, 25th of April 2015 and the aftershocks that have continued to hit Nepal since then. The earthquake has already taken nearly 9,000 human lives, completely destroyed over 300,000 houses, and rendered hundreds of thousand families homeless. The magnitude of total damage is yet to be assessed and may be much higher than estimated so far. CEAPRED’s greatest priority at the moment is to join hands with the numerous organizations within and outside country that are extending support to the victims – to provide water to the thirsty, food to the hungry and shelter to the homeless. We express our deep, heart-felt condolence to the families and relatives of the deceased, and commit ourselves to work in every way we can, as part of our organizational priority, towards an early recovery and rehabilitation of the earthquake victims.
Hari K. Upadhyaya, PhD