Nepal Earthquake

Guadalupe Rangel, Staff Writer

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Nepal faces a death toll of 4,800 and counting from Saturday earthquake. According to BBC news, more than 6,500 people have been injured. Those who did get away in time are afraid to go back to Kathmandu as strong aftershocks continue to arise. Places like Birdim, North of the capital, are completely flat from the damage. Aids are on their way to help those who survived deal with the destruction that has happened.

Photo from gizmodo.com

Photo from gizmodo.com

There are efforts to dig people out of rubble that is left but, with victims being cared for outside in tents, the aid is becoming more difficult to administer. The water supply is quickly becoming scarce. The authorities of the city are trying to dispose the bodies as soon as possible so that they won’t affect the survivors.

More avalanches have occurred due to the aftershocks that have taken place on Sunday, which did additional damage to houses that were already affected. It was reported that 18 people were killed in the avalanches, which includes 3 Americans.  One of these casualties was Dan Fredinburg, who died while climbing Mt. Everest.   He was one of two people who were adventurous enough to hike up the mountain as the earthquake occurred.

Prior to the earthquake, the citizens of Nepal had been on edge because this disaster was anticipated to occur since the pattern of Nepals quakes are occurring around every 100 years or so says Laurent  Bollinger who comes from the CEA agency in France , but no thought that it would reach a 7.8 magnitude.  It shook the mountain to make multiple avalanches, and had equally strong aftershocks for days. Many planes which have been landing that there are not enough parkways for them to land and are still getting permission to access the area.  Two hundred mountain climbers (who were hiking up the mountain at the time) have been rescued so far.

Nepal Earthquake 2People are left with little protection. According to the UN children’s agency, nearly one million children are in need of assistance. Nepal is quickly running low on food and water, and the power cuts are making matters worse. These people are left with very little.  Although they live very far away, we have the ability to help.  Here are some organizations to which you can donate and assist the relief efforts:

JDC: The American Jewish Distribution Committee is an organization that is helping with medicine and sending out supplies to the disaster relief team.

Red Cross: The committee is partnering with Nepal’s Red Cross society in working to clean up the damage, while providing what help they can to the victims.

UNICEF: The U.N children’s agency intends to send planes with 120 tons of humanitarian supplies including medical supplies and blankets, along with other basic necessities.

Even as little as a dollar can make a difference.

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