On April 25, 2015 a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal causing significant damage and destruction in Kathmandu and surrounding areas. Since Saturday’s quake, our partnership through the ACT Alliance has been responding and working hard to help stabilize the situation through provisions of food, water, medicine and temporary shelter.
UCC Disaster Ministries is supporting these essential on-the-ground efforts, as the death toll continues to rise. Currently it is reported more than 4,000 have died as a result of the earthquake. The earthquake, the worst to hit Nepal in over 80 years, also triggered a deadly avalanche on Mount Everest.
The avalanche buried part of the mountain’s base camp, which was full of mountaineers who had come for the start of the main climbing season. An army spokesman told Reuters that at least 18 bodies had been found on Mount Everest. Google executive Dan Fredinburg was among those killed in the avalanche, CNN reports.
Powerful tremors also rocked neighboring countries, impacting people in India, Tibet, Bangladesh, as well as two Chinese citizens on the Nepal-China border. The earthquake’s epicenter was 50 miles east of Nepal’s second-largest city, Pokhara. Geoscientists noted that the shallowness of the quake amplified the power of its tremors at the surface, adding to the destruction. Strong aftershocks continued throughout the afternoon, as rescue teams scoured the rubble for survivors.
Nepalese authorities struggled to assess the full scale of the damage across the remote Himalayan nation, with communications systems down in many areas. “We are totally cut off from most parts of our country,” Nepal Disaster Management Authority official Ram Narayan Pandey told Reuters.
Thousands of people rushed into the streets of the capital in an effort to remain safe, The Guardian reported, with many too afraid to return as the city was rocked by aftershocks.
Hospitals in the capital were flooded with the wounded, with one converting its parking lot into a makeshift clinic, according to The Associated Press.
In neighboring India, people rushed out of their homes as tremors rippled through the country, HuffPost India reported. India sent a 40-member rescue team and three tons of relief supplies to Nepal by plane to aid relief efforts. Pakistan also offered “all possible help” to the devastated nation.
How You Can Help
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