Catholic Relief Services Responding to Earthquake in Nepal









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Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is responding to the devastating earthquake that struck Nepal on Saturday, April 24. A CRS team is on the ground in Kathmandu, the capital city. Initial aid is for the thousands in need of shelter. Many buildings were destroyed or damaged in the 7.8 magnitude quake, and continuing aftershocks – over 70 so far – are causing widespread fear of sleeping inside of even intact buildings.

The initial goal of CRS is to aid 10,000 families with emergency shelter, blankets, water treatment kits, and hygiene kits. The number receiving help is expected to rise in the coming weeks. The death toll continues to rise with over 6,000 dead so far. In some good news, an Associated Press article reports on a teenage boy who was rescued from a collapsed seven-story building in Kathmandu. CRS has made an initial commitment of $825,000 to relief efforts in Nepal. To donate click CRS Relief.

 Nepal is a small, impoverished country situated in the Himalayas north of India. It is best known as the home of Mt. Everest where native Sherpa guides assist climbers attempting to summit the peak. The earthquake set off an avalanche on Everest that killed climbers at base camp, a staging ground for climbing the mountain. The earthquake also destroyed many of the iconic Hindu temples and part of the marketplace in Kathmandu. See these before and after photos from the Daily Mail.
Some geologists say the Nepal earthquake was long overdue and more temblors may be coming. Read this brief article in the journal Science.
Posted: May 1, 2015

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