On the 25th April a huge earthquake hit Nepal killing around 7000 people and causing injuries to more than 14,000. The epicentre of the quake was in a village called Barpak, north-west of Kathmandu. Many buildings and monuments in Kathmandu were destroyed and there was widespread destruction around the country. The earthquake triggered multiple avalanches on Mount Everest killing 19 climbers. Avalanches were also triggered in other parts of the Himalayas with many people reported missing.
The clean up is expected to be a long and lengthy process, as hundreds of thousands of people have been displaced from their homes and the government is struggling to cope with the current situation. Donations are welcomed and are essential to provide food, clean water and supplies to affected families. You can donate by going to: http://www.dec.org.uk/appeals/nepal-earthquake-appeal
For any travellers planning to visit Nepal, we urge you to keep up to date on the situation by checking the
Nepal FCO page. Be aware that many travel insurance companies will not be offering insurance to Nepal at the moment, so it is vital to clarify you are covered prior to travelling. Water-borne diseases such as cholera, are expected to surge during times of crisis so adequate vaccination coverage is essential. Visit us at least 6 weeks prior to departure to obtain advice. Book your appointment here.