Aboard Flight 652: Nepalese migrants head home to help

KATHMANDU, 29 April 2015 (IRIN) - Nepalese migrants working in the Gulf are heading home to help their families and their country, in the wake of a 7.8-magnitude earthquake that hit on 25 April, killing more than 5,000 people. full report

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Inside the logistics hub at Kathmandu's airport

KATHMANDU, 1 May 2015 (IRIN) - Welcome to the Humanitarian Staging Area at Kathmandu's Tribhuvan International Airport, where aid workers and government officials are sifting through tons of cargo in a bid to make the logistics of the earthquake response as efficient as possible. full report

WTF? A guide to disaster aid acronyms

LONDON, 1 May 2015 (IRIN) - The aftermath of a natural disasters is an ARE - an acronym-rich environment. Here's a handy phrasebook. full report

Photo feature: Nepal - outside Kathmandu

KATHMANDU, 1 May 2015 (IRIN) - IRIN travelled first to the city of Bhaktapur, a UNESCO world heritage site about 12 kilometers outside Kathmandu, then on to the smaller communities of Harisiddhi and Bungamati where we witnessed devastating physical damage and personal loss. full report

Is it really time to call off search-and-rescue in Nepal?

KATHMANDU, 30 April 2015 (IRIN) - The Nepalese government called off search-and-rescue today in favour of dead body removal, just as a 15-year-old boy was pulled out of the rubble alive. Five days after the earthquake, is it too soon to stop trying to find survivors? full report

'We've given up hope': Nepali villagers wait for the aid that never comes

BANGHAR, 30 April 2015 (IRIN) - Villagers in Nepal's Kavre district do not live close to the epicentre of Saturday's earthquake, nor are they easily reached from the capital Kathmandu. But they are desperate and they do want help. full report

New socks never worn: One girl's story ahead of Afghanistan's fighting season

KABUL, 29 April 2015 (IRIN) - When the snows melt in Afghanistan, the water feeds down from the Hindu Kush and brings life to the valleys and plains. But for more years than most here care to remember, spring also means death, as the fighting season begins in earnest. full report

Why wasn't quake-prone Nepal better prepared?

NAIROBI, 27 April 2015 (IRIN) - Nepal was known to be a major quake risk and yet nothing was really done about it. IRIN news editor Anthony Morland explains why the Himalayan country is so quake-prone and why the government has struggled to do anything meaningful to prepare for the inevitable. full report

Why Nepal response will be so hard

NAIROBI, 27 April 2015 (IRIN) - International aid is beginning to flow into earthquake-hit Nepal, but much more is needed as the scale of the disaster becomes all too clear. Access, capacity and bad weather are all hampering efforts to reach those in need. full report

Hunt on for Nepal quake survivors

KATHMANDU, 27 April 2015 (IRIN) - Rescue teams continue to dig through the rubble of buildings destroyed by Saturday's earthquake, trying to reach people trapped beneath the debris. The scale of the disaster is becoming ever clearer with hospitals overwhelmed and basic necessities running short. full report

Nepal earthquake response - updates

LONDON, 27 April 2015 (IRIN) - The true scale of the disaster inflicted on Nepal after a powerful earthquake struck on Saturday is only now emerging. The number of killed and injured continues to rise and many remote communities have yet to be reached. As the humanitarian response takes shape, what is needed and what are the challenges likely to be? full report