Nepal Earthquake Response - Lessons for Operational Agencies

This lessons paper aims to assist operational agencies responding to the 25 April
2015 Nepal earthquake. It provides 17 lessons drawn from experience of previous
comparable disasters, based on evaluations, research papers and interviews with
operational humanitarian practitioners. Key links to relevant information are
provided after each lesson, with references provided at the end of the paper. Lessons
are organised into two categories – ‘strategy and management’ and ‘technical
The 7.8 magnitude shallow earthquake struck 81 km north-west of Kathmandu,
with two subsequent smaller earthquakes and severe aftershocks. Just over a week
after its impact the death toll was 7,000, with the number expected to rise. The
government estimates are that over 70,000 houses have been destroyed and over
eight million people are affected.


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