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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.