Millions of people across Nepal’s earthquake-ravaged districts are still struggling to survive. Many have grown desperate — enough to fall for traffickers' offers of a good life elsewhere.
In Nepal, the massive earthquake damaged hundreds of thousands of buildings, but it didn't knock them all down. So now the focus is building temporary shelter, mostly using whatever materials are on hand.
The UN, along with many humanitarian assistance agencies, have been helping Nepal in the aftermath of major earthquakes. But aid workers warn that people there need more help before the monsoon season arrives.
Already struggling to dig out from last month's earthquake, Nepal was hit again by a 7.3-magnitude quake on Tuesday that killed dozens and left even more people with little or no shelter.
As recovery efforts continue in Nepal, one of the biggest challenges is getting supplies to badly damaged areas. Nama Budhathoki and his organization, Kathmandu Living Labs, have been working on mapping the country and the damage using badly needed crowdsourced maps.
Most of those Nepalis affected by the earthquake in April were women who have had to deal with the disaster on their own. Journalist Purvi Thacker happened to be in Nepal last month when the earthquake hit. She describes meeting women faced with the reality of providing aid on the ground and dealing with their own destroyed homes and lives.
Global Medic, an aid agency based in Canada, is using drones — or UAVs — to help scope out remote areas in need of aid. And while they can't deliver supplies just yet, the group says they're still a vital way to get quick results when disasters hit.
When disasters like earthquakes strikes in far-off countries, our first instinct is to help in any way we can. But sometimes that help actually gets in the way of recovery. That's what reporter Jonathan Katz experienced after the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, and he has suggestions on how to avoid a repeat.
Days after the earthquake hit Nepal, Shrochis Karki says some rural villages have still seen few signs of help. And while he's been working from his home in England to coordinate relief efforts, he says part of the blame lies with the world's fixation on dramatic human interest stories and not real problems.
Support your Nepalese neighbors close to home and be creative to raise money if you really want to help, says a Nepalese immigrant leader in New York City.
Medical personnel in Nepal are working round-the-clock to help the thousands of people injured in the April 25 earthquake. Among those helping is one young American doctor who was living and working in Kathmandu.