Nepal, a landlocked country between India and China, is known for its mountain peaks. The small country contains eight of the 10 highest peaks in the world, including Mount Everest and Kanchenjunga -- the world's tallest and third tallest respectively.

The Government reports that 35 of 75 districts are affected in the Western and Central Regions, including the Kathmandu Valley districts. This includes mountain and hilly areas, disperse rural populations, as well as some very densely populated districts and Nepal's two largest cities - greater Kathmandu and Pokhara. The most affected districts are Dhading, Gorkha, Rasuwa, Sindhupalchowk, Kavre, Nuwakot, Dolakha, Kathmandu, Lalitpur, Bhaktapur and Ramechhap.

According to the Government, the earthquake caused 2,288 deaths. Over 5,500 people are injured. These figures are expected to increase as more information becomes available. There are no confirmed figures yet on overall affected population. In Kathmandu Valley, hospitals area overcrowded, running out of space for storing dead bodies and lack medical supplies and capacity. BIR hospital is treating people in the streets.

Impacts in Kathmandu valley include collapsed buildings and walls especially historic buildings in centres, but less overall damage and collapse of buildings than expected. The majority of people remain outside houses for the second consecutive night.

It was the worst tremor to hit the poor South Asian nation in over 80 years.People will urgently need food, water, medicine and shelter. In this connection we need to get involved all Nations and should join hands to tackling this crisis and help our Nepal Partners.