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'ShelterBox Teams head to Nepal'

ShelterBox has deployed a number of response teams to Kathmandu, Nepal following an earthquake measuring 7.8 in magnitude.

The quake occurred between the major cities of Kathmandu and Pokhara , with tremors felt as far away as Delhi in India. More than 7,000 people are reported to have died following the earthquake and there has been extensive damage to homes and buildings.

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'First ShelterBox Aid Distributed to Hospitals'

After Nepal’s worst earthquake in 80 years, hospitals in the country’s capital Kathmandu were devastated, forcing medical staff to treat their patients outside with dwindling supplies.
However, ShelterBox has been able to provide tents to four hospitals in the city creating safe, covered spaces where patients can be treated in privacy. They will be used for carrying out minor operations, changing dressings and as mobile health clinics too.

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'Deliveries by Helicopter are the only way in'

ShelterBox’s Becky Maynard has joined a helicopter aid sortie by a group of charities to Nepal’s hidden communities – where there are no roads, and the only access is by foot or by air.

Responding to this earthquake will require some of the most demanding and daring aid deliveries ever undertaken.

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NEPAL UPDATE: 'Download your own copy to pass on to your friends'

'Here's an easy way to pass on information to your friends about the work of ShelterBox'.

Simply click on the page opposite in order to download your own copy to your PC. It makes an ideal poster that you can pin on your notice board in the office or your workplace!

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'ShelterBox Response Team member, Jimmy Griffiths returns home from Vanuatu'

When Cyclone Pam hit Vanuatu last month, people across the country’s 65 inhabited islands were unprepared for the level of destruction it unleashed.

ShelterBox has been working with aid organisation CARE International on the southerly island of Tanna to help people create temporary shelters and start the long process of rebuilding.

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Millions of people urgently need shelter as temperatures plummet?

With temperatures dropping to zero in many parts of Nepal, along with constant thunderstorms and rain, the need for shelter has become even more desperate.

The quake has damaged an estimated 600,000 homes in the country, leaving almost three million people with nowhere to go.  Frequent aftershocks mean that even surviving buildings could collapse at any minute, forcing people to sleep out in the open.

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ShelterBox SRT Eva Doerr talks to the BBC's Matthew Amroliwala on BBC World TV

Eva responds to Matthew's questions about ShelterBox as an organisation, our response to the Nepal 2015 earthquake and why it's so important to not only provide shelter to people but also shelter kits in order to get them and their houses back up and running as quickly as possible.

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Nepalese Rotaractors the first to help!

The ShelterBox operations team was first able to get a clear idea of the level of destruction when Ashish Chaulagain, who is a member of Rotary International’s youth programme Rotaract, got in touch to explain situation in the capital of Kathmandu.

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NEWS: Update and Monitoring:

The team is monitoring the situation in Yemen, as now an estimated 250,000 to 500,000 people (made up of refugees and internally displaced people) have been displaced by the current civil war. They have received a request to assist 3,500 refugees in neighbouring Somaliland, though the primary concern is currently for food and fuel.

The team is looking at working with aid agency Habitat for Humanity to respond to flooding in the Atacama region of Chile. Habitat for Humanity is currently working with the Chilean Red Cross and together they have identified up to 1,000 households that could be helped with the use of our shelter kits. The team is looking at basing a team in the port city of Caldera.

There has recently been a surge of refugees arriving in Italy from various parts of North Africa. While there isn’t currently a need for our range of aid, the operations team will continue to monitor the situation.

There has been flooding in many displacement sites in South Sudan, causing many families to have to relocate. A memorandum of understanding (MOU) is being put together for ShelterBox to be able to help people relocate from schools in the Upper Nile state. The team is currently looking at the possibility of transporting aid in the country via barges.

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'Tents and adaptable Shelter Kits arrive in Nepal'

ShelterBox’s logistics team, along with help from our response teams in Nepal, have worked around the clock to transport aid into Nepal.

Despite major logistical challenges and a bottleneck at Nepal’s only international airport, an initial 500 tents, along with 500 shelter kits have now arrived in country to bring shelter to the thousands of communities torn apart by the massive earthquake.

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'A New ShelterBox Australia Patron'

Many congratulations to former Chief of the Australian Defence Force, Air Chief Marshal Sir Angus Houston AK AFC (Ret’d), who has generously accepted the position of Patron of ShelterBox Australia.
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