Emergency Relief – Nepal Earthquake
A 7.8-magnitute earthquake struck Nepal in the late morning of April 25th just 50 miles northwest of the capital, Kathmandu, toppling buildings and homes, causing widespread panic, and claiming more than 3,800 lives. The devastation and toll on human life is still becoming clear as rescue workers access the affected areas and populations.
The earthquake struck the Kathmandu valley, which is densely populated with nearly 2.5 million people. Kathmandu’s streets and squares are covered in rubble and many are feared trapped in collapsed buildings. Many buildings, including historic sites, are destroyed or unsafe.
Tens of thousands of families are sleeping outside in Kathmandu and require shelter and protection from the cold and relentless rain, which has worsened conditions. Aftershocks continue—one reaching 6.7 magnitude and another 5.4 magnitude—increasing fear, causing further damage to buildings, and interrupting rescue operations. Most markets in Kathmandu are closed.
People urgently need basic essentials. Shelter, blankets, safe water, food, medical care, hygiene and counseling are priorities. Hygiene and sanitation are critical to preventing waterborne diseases.
CRS is providing 10,000 families (50,000 people) with emergency shelter materials, blankets, water treatment and hygiene kits. Given the scale of the disaster, we expect to expand relief activities to additional families. CRS is working with Caritas Nepal to identify the most pressing needs in the hardest hit districts between Kathmandu and Pokhara, and will scale our operations accordingly.
A major focus of our efforts will be emergency shelter. CRS has committed an initial $825,000 from private funds to this response, a figure that is expected to rise as needs become clearer.
We will have a special second offering for Nepal next weekend, May 23rd & 24th. Your support will help to provide immediate relief to our brothers and sisters in Nepal.