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Citation

Landry MD, Raman SR, Kohrt BA. Am. J. Public Health 2015; 105(8): 1515-1517.

Affiliation

Michel D. Landry BScPT, PhD is with the Doctor of Physical Therapy Division, School of Medicine, Duke University, Durham, NC. Sudha R. Raman is with the Duke Clinical Research Institute (DCRI), Duke University. Brandon A. Kohrt is with the Duke Global Health Institute, Duke University.

Copyright

(Copyright © 2015, American Public Health Association)

DOI

10.2105/AJPH.2015.302809

PMID

26066962

Abstract

Just before noon on April 25, 2015, a massive 7.8 magnitude earthquake occurred about 80 kilometers east of the Nepali capitol of Kathmandu, unleashing considerable destruction in one of the poorest countries in Asia. Then, just 18 days later, a second earthquake with a magnitude of 7.3 struck, this time about 40 kilometers west of Kathmandu. Although predictions of an impending large earthquake in Nepal had motivated the government and local and international nongovernmental organizations to create disaster preparedness plans in recent years,(1,2) this disaster affected rural and remote areas where the country's infrastructure and population were most vulnerable, and where disaster preparedness was weakest.(3) The current estimates of casualties and injured are more than 8500 and 15‚ÄČ000 people respectively, and the numbers of internally displaced people are in the hundred of thousands. Most agencies forecast that these numbers will increase over the coming weeks as the strategy shifts to a reconstruction mission. (Am J Public Health. Published online ahead of print June 11, 2015: e1-e3. doi:10.2105/AJPH.2015.302809).


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