In pictures - Nepal earthquake

A 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal on 25 April. Authorities report over 700 people have been killed and many buildings have collapsed in the capital, Kathmandu. Carl Whetham / IFRC

As search and rescue efforts continue, hospitals in the capital continue to function but are stretched to the limit. Carl Whetham / IFRC

Thousands  have been forced to flee their homes and seek safety in open areas. Carl Whetham / IFRC

The Nepal Red Cross Society emergency teams are battling to bring help to survivors of the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that shook the Kathmandu Valley and its neighbouring countries. Carl Whetham / IFRC


Volunteer first aid teams are providing support to people affected by the earthquake. Carl Whetham / IFRC


Powerful aftershocks continue to be felt, so further damage is a risk, increasing the climate of fear amongst the local population.  Carl Whetham / IFRC


“We are extremely concerned about the fate of communities in towns and villages in rural areas closer to the epicenter,” said Jagan Chapagain, the IFRC’s Director for Asia Pacific. Carl Whetham / IFRC


The Nepal Red Cross Society has extensive experience in responding to natural disasters and plays a lead role in the government’s contingency plans. Carl Whetham / IFRC


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Appeal launched

In response to significant humanitarian needs following the earthquake, the IFRC has launched a 33.4 million Swiss franc emergency appeal to provide vital services including food, shelter and water and sanitation assistance for 75,000 vulnerable people. The appeal was launched following an initial Disaster Relief Emergency Fund allocation of 500,000 Swiss francs, which was activated to ensure resources are available immediately. Read more.