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A friend indeed -- CWE in Nepal earthquake

Update:2015-06-29

An 8.1-magnitude earthquake struck Nepal on April 25, 2015. CWE’s camp at the Upper Trishli- Kathmandu 22kV Transmission Line Project is situated about 55km away from the epicenter. The earthquake caused collapse of residences near CWE’s camp and heavy losses. Frequent aftershocks devastated the power and water supply systems and triggered multiple landslides and rolling stones at the area where the project locates, causing collapse and landslide at the only access road of the project to the outside.


In the immediate aftermath, CWE promptly launched its emergency plan to clean up debris on road, send the equipment at over 40 tower locations along the transmission route back to its camp, and properly handle materials left on site within one week when hands were short during frequent aftershocks so as to minimize the company’s loss.


During its self-rescue, CWE, out of humanitarianism as encouraged by CTG, also provided free camps, foods and necessary medical supplies to the neighboring residents. Meanwhile, in spite of difficulties like aftershocks and the fuel shortage, CWE used its generators to provide the earthquake victims with 3-hour free power every day to allow cellphone-charging and emergency lighting. CWE also provided water for daily life to the victims free of charge and helped them properly dispose livestock carcasses in order to prevent the outbreak of plague and other secondary disasters.


After a powerful 7.5-magnitude aftershock on May 12, a rescue team finally reached the project site. However, the influx of people, goods and materials put strain on domestic water supply and transport vehicles. CWE immediately started to look for new water source and provide more vehicles in assistance to the rescue team.


This is a war without gun smoke. Confronted with the disaster, CWE employees of the project, who are young though, stuck to their positions on the frontline with no one standing back, as they bore in mind that in a foreign country far away from home they represented CWE and CTG with the motherland always behind them, and the local residents would never forget their dedication and friendship.

(Translator: Jiang Guangwen, Proofreader: Ma Li)