A 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal on Saturday, April 25. The confirmed death toll is over 7,000 and the Nepali Prime Minister fears it could reach 10,000. The quake’s epicenter was in Nepal, but it also took over 80 lives in China and India. Rescuers and family members continue to dig through rubble to look for survivors.

This earthquake will put a tremendous strain on this impoverished nation. The United Nations said hospitals in Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal, and surrounding areas are overcrowded and are running out of emergency supplies and space to store corpses. Nearly 14,000 people were injured. Half a million houses were destroyed. Most areas don’t have power and water.

CAM is providing initial aid to survivors, including tents and food, and hopes to raise $1 million for this project. A member of CAM’s International Crisis team will arrive in Nepal on Saturday to assist our contacts on the ground in the distribution of aid.