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Devastating Quake in Nepal

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28 April 2015

Devastating Quake in Nepal

News Update from Nepal

Micah National Coordinator for Nepal Thir Bahadur Koirala (Thir KC), sent us the following news from Kathmandu:

Background:

A devastating earthquake measuring 7.8 on the Richter scale shock Nepal at 11:56am on Saturday and its effects were felt in all the districts. More than 64 aftershocks have so far been felt, with some measuring 6.6 on the Richter scale. According to the Emergency Operation Centre of the Ministry of Home Affairs the death toll from Saturday has reached 2,791, and thousands more injured.  This figure continues to rise with each passing hour.

Current Status

1. The government has declared all earthquake affected areas crisis zones and has mobilized the government mechanism for rescue and relief of earthquake victim.

2. Though the effects were felt in all the districts of Nepal, the most affected districts identified are:  Rasuwa, Dolakha, Sindhupalchowk, Nuwakot, Dhading, Ramechhap, Gorkha and Kavrepalanchowk.

3. The government has set up 16 relief centresat various places in the capital. So far relief centreshave not been set to provide help on the outskirts of Kathmandu.

4. Fearing that aftershocks may cause more devastation during the night, people are camping out in the open. It has been raining and this and the cool weather has caused more difficultly for all concerned (both survivors and rescuers).

5. Living in the close proximity in open space increases the danger of spreading of communicable diseases. Hygiene and sanitation issues are critical.

6. Food shortages, commodities and lack of safe drinking water in the area is creating a serious problem.

7. Some of the International disaster rescue and relief team have begun arriving in Kathmandu.

Local Churches Responding

As a response towards the disaster, an emergency meeting of local church leaders, development origination leaders and community leaders was held on 26-27 April 2015.  A united coalition has been formed called “Disaster Relief Christian Community” (DRCC) and they have formed working groups to respond to the crisis.

The focus of DRCC will be on relief prioritizing the following: Tents, Mattresses, Food, Medical Support and Advocacy and raising awareness. 

For more information and how you can stand with DRCC see Micah's latest update.