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Twitter chat - Nepal Earthquake: 6 Months On

On Tuesday 20 October, Join Plan International Nepal and the European Commission's Directorate-General for Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection for an hour-long Twitter Chat on lessons learned, best practices and the way forward since the Nepal Earthquake six months ago. 

A series of questions will be tweeted to @PlanNepal and @eu_echo from 10.00 CET/13.45 NST by @PlanEU and you can follow and take part in the conversation following #NepalChat.

How to Join

Simply follow the steps below to participate in the conversation:

• You need to have a Twitter account to participate in the #NepalChat. If you don’t already have one, you can set one up at www.twitter.com
• Use the hashtag #NepalChat to ensure any messages posted feature in the #NepalChat stream.
• Search #NepalChat to see who is participating and familiarise yourself with the conversation taking place
• Pose questions to Plan International Nepal by including @PlanNepal in your Tweet
• Pose questions to DG ECHO by including @eu_echo in your Tweet
• Include @PlanEU when sharing general comments or experiences to ensure they are retweeted or replied to (as appropriate)
• Retweet and reply to relevant Tweets posted by others during the #NepalChat

We look forward to hearing what you have to say!  

Background

The 7.8 and 7.3 magnitude earthquakes that struck Nepal on 25 April and 12 May 2015 have affected 39 of the 75 districts in Nepal, 14 of which have been severely affected. Nearly 9,000 people across Nepal were killed. About 3.9 million children were among those affected. 

Early relief efforts proved challenging as logistical bottlenecks and widespread chaos and disorganisation made it difficult for aid groups to deliver supplies effectively. Today, while much progress has been made thanks to an extensive international response, significant needs remain, particularly for children, education, shelter and preparedness for future disasters. Six months after the first earthquake hit Nepal, Plan International and the European Commission are looking back at the immediate response and recovery, reflecting not only on progress made but also challenges encountered, remaining needs and lessons learned for the future.

Earthquake response

With funding from donors including the European Commission, Plan International has supported children in its relief work since the 25 April earthquake, helping to ensure that their core needs are met, including shelter, water, health care, and essential protection mechanisms. You can learn more about Plan International's response to the Nepal earthquake by visiting Plan International Nepal's website.

The European Commission has provided €12million in humanitarian assistance to help address the most urgent needs: shelter, livelihoods, emergency health care, health and logistics. In addition, the Commission has provided significant development funds to support the recovery process. You can learn more about DG ECHO's work in Nepal by visiting their website.