After surviving the earthquake in Nepal, Melody Schreiber of the International Reporting Project describes what locals are up against in one of the poorest and least-developed countries in the world.
Even before the quake, the numbers were stark: One-quarter of the population lives under the poverty line. Two-thirds of Nepalese don’t have access to safe drinking water, or to toilets and basic sanitation. The government has been urged to prepare for possible disease outbreaks.
Training more people in disaster relief “could help strengthen hospitals and other necessary infrastructure that the country so desperately needs—that it needed, in fact, long before the earthquake struck,” writes Schreiber.