PEDRR NEWS: Powerful earthquake hits Nepal
On 25 April, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck the central region of Nepal, between the cities of Pokhara and Kathmandu, with continuing aftershocks including one that reached 6.7 magnitude. The death roll has risen to over 3 500, but is expected to increase as search and rescue continue in affected districts, with thousands more injured from the powerful earthquake. PEDRR extends our condolescences to all those who have lost loved ones and our thoughts for the continued safety of all those affected. IUCN Nepal and UNEP were undertaking a joint workshop together with the Government of Nepal on "Ecosystems for Enhancing Resilience to Disasters and Climate Risk" from 20-24 April in Kathmandu and in Pokhara. The workshop focused on mainstreaming ecosystem-based solutions to disasters and climate change impacts in Nepal, including the need for increasing safety of roads against landslides and gulley erosion through "green" engineering approaches, also known as "eco-safe roads".