Nepal: Logistical Challenges to Earthquake Response

An MSF medical team departs the helicopter to run a mobile clinic at Kuni village in Dhading District, Nepal on May 6 2015. All 220 houses in Kuni were destroyed, leaving more than a thousand people homeless. The village is cut off by road and difficult to reach at the best of times - further isolated now due to landslides closing the nearest roads in both directions. On 25 April a magnitude 7.8 earthquake killed more than 8,000 people and destroyed massive amounts of property, including numerous temples that were on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
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Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has been responding to the devastation of the two earthquakes that hit Nepal in April with medical care and water and sanitation services. The logistical restraints are difficult, but with helicopters MSF teams are able to reach remote villages where the needs are the greatest.