Surviving the Ghorka Earthquake

Documentary, Nepal, 3 x minutes, 2015

In April 2015, Nepal was devastated by an earthquake that killed over 8,000 people and left over two million homeless. A women’s group, near Kathmandu had prepared for the disaster with ‘go bags,’ containing emergency supplies.

Ghorka Earthquake

This film is the story of how these women helped their families and community survive the devastating disaster. The women were initially approached by the Nepal Society for Earthquake Technology (NSET) who instructed them in the production and use of Go Bags. Luckily for the community, the women’s group decided to produce the Go Bags. Shortly afterwards, the Ghorka Earthquake hit, destroying houses and forcing people to live outdoors, without clean drinking water, and without food.

Earthquake Nepal

Reelmedia was commissioned by the Humanitarian Policy Group, a programme within the Overseas Development Institute to produce the film, which was designed to sit within an interactive resource on Disaster Risk Reduction. The film also formed part of the debate on how to reduce the effects of large-scale disasters like earthquakes by mobilising local community groups.

You can learn more about the debate here.

Go Bags Nepal

The film was shot by Timothy Webster on the Sony FS7 and it was made in conjunction with the Nepal Society for Earthquake Technology in the Kathmandu valley.

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