The 7.9-magnitude earthquake struck central Nepal on April 25 and reduced it to rubble. The quake caused dozens of buildings in Kathmandu to collapse, including the historic Dharahara Tower. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi ordered an immediate dispatch of relief and medical teams to Nepal, and the evacuation of Indian tourists. Days after the country’s worst earthquake in 80 years, the official death toll has risen to more than 7,000; over 14,000 injured. According to UN, the number of houses destroyed in quake-hit Nepal is over 1,60,000, which is twice the number of households wrecked in the 1934’s deadly temblor that has been the country’s worst disaster of all times.
In response to the devastating event, DigitalGlobe has made high resolution satellite imagery of the affected areas freely available online to all groups involved in the response and recovery effort through the company’s FirstLook initiative. Nepal’s Finance Minister Ram Sharan Mahat has revealed that Nepal would need at least USD 2 billion to rebuild homes, hospitals, government offices and historic buildings and appealed for help from international donors. China has dispatched about 300 personnel to Nepal and announced about $10 million in aid. Extending support to earthquake- hit Nepal, World Bank President Jim Yong Kim has assured the global organisation would help the Himalayan country in assessing the damage and reconstruction work. Indian soldiers have also loading rice, tarpaulins, blankets and other aid onto waiting helicopters for delivery to Nepal`s quake-devastated villages.