Nepal is still reeling from the massive 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck on April 25. Over 8,000 people have been confirmed dead, and over 16,000 injured. Nepali hospitals are overflowing. A member of CAM’s International Crisis team is on the ground working with contacts to provide emergency relief aid, including food and tents to people affected.
The United Nations estimates that more than 3 million people need help getting food, and more than half need it immediately. “The quake has caused incalculable human loss and suffering, with millions of people rendered homeless,” said Nepali Finance Minister Ram Sharan Mahat.
“There are still villages where we know that all houses have been destroyed, but we have not yet been able to reach [them],” said Mahat. The death toll continues to climb as more affected communities are discovered.
Many aid organizations are focusing on the more populated areas such as Kathmandu and other major cities. It is a struggle for both the Nepali government and the aid organizations to transport the aid to remote areas. Yet the devastation is just as immense in these areas.
CAM is doing what it can to assist those in these more neglected areas. In addition to emergency relief aid, we will likely provide building materials for those whose houses have been damaged or destroyed.