A devastating earthquake of 7.6 magnitude having its epicenter in Barpak of Gorkha district hit Nepal on 25th April 2015 at 11:56 am has claimed more than 8500 lives so far and caused huge damages of public and privates properties. The earthquake was followed by many aftershocks and some of them very powerful. The 6.8 magnitude aftershock came on May 12 caused further loss of lives and properties. According to the Ministry of Home Affairs the earthquake has affected around 31 districts. Dozens of historical places including world heritages were destroyed. 12 districts  (Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, Lalitpur, Sindhupalchok, Nuwakot, Dhading, Gorkha, Kavrepalanchok, Dolakha, Rasuwa, Lamjung, Makwanpur ) including Kathmandu valley out of 31 were severely affected with heavy losses of properties and lives.  As reported by the Ministry of Home Affairs, the death toll has reached over 8500 and around 17000 have become injured. The earthquake has fully destroyed around 500000 public houses and the number of partially damaged houses has reached more than 260000. 761 government houses are completely destroyed and around 2200 are partially damaged. According to the UN Resident Coordinator Office, around 8 million people of 39 districts are affected by the earthquake. However the exact data has not come yet

NFDN has prepared a public announcement and appeal about how to ensure the access of earthquake affected persons with disabilities and other vulnerable group in the ongoing relief and rehabilitation activities. This appeal contains some useful and practical tips which will be handy for inclusion of persons with disabilities actively and effectively in the ongoing relief distribution and/or rehabilitation process. They believe that these tips may help the stakeholders and individuals who are engage in the relief and other immediate support to prioritize persons with disabilities in their relief programs

By: Muhammad Afzal Uddin (Editor)

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