About 150 major natural disasters affected millions of people all
over the world in 2015. Asia again bore the brunt of these disasters
Floods continue to be the most frequently occurring natural disasters
and also affect the most people all over the world.
A magnitude-7.8 earthquake struck Nepal on April 25, killing more than
It damaged or destroyed nearly 900,000 buildings, created avalanches in
the Himalayas, and left almost 1 million children out of school. Major
aftershocks, including a magnitude-7.3 tremor three weeks later, slowed
recovery efforts and added to the devastation.
This was the deadliest disaster on record for the nation of 26 million people.
In the nine months since the catastrophe, World Vision has helped about 346,000
people with emergency relief. It plans to continue helping families recover and
rebuild their lives in 2018.
As severe winter weather sets in throughout the mountainous country, an estimated
400,000 people living in high-altitude areas still need shelter and basic necessities
like blankets, fuel, heaters, and household supplies.