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The Nepal Earthquake Severity Index is designed to provide an overview of estimated severity of impacts resulting from the earthquake of 25 April 2015. It is not a replacement for first hand damage and needs assessment information, but can support prioritisation during early stages of the response.

It estimates severity based on: 1) the intensity of the earthquake; 2) population; 3) vulnerability of housing and population.

This index will be updated to take account of: validation against first hand reports and improvements to the severity model; improved sources of data (quality, timeliness and scale); changing requirements as the response continues. Version 2 is the latest version of the Index.

This index has been developed by the European Commission Joint Research Centre and OCHA. Contributions and feedback from other partners are welcome.