Scenario: What if another earthquake hit Kathmandu?
What Militaries, NGOs and Governments require to be prepared for mass medical support operations
In April 2015, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit Nepal, killing over 8,000 people and injuring more than 21,000. It caused extensive damage and disruption but international aid agencies and militaries were able to access those hit worst and offer humanitarian aid, logistic support, and disaster relief. Although devastating with a lasting social and economic impact that is still being felt today, many analysts believe it could have been worse – geologists are already predicting a bigger earthquake causing inevitable destruction and a widespread humanitarian crisis in the near future.
What if there was another earthquake, but this time it was even bigger with further reaching damage? Airports are out of commission, roads blocked, bridges destroyed; The time of year will affect food supplies; and the political climate is fraught. Think about this scenario, which was devised with the input and advice from the Department for International Development (DFID), in 5 stages…