Our thoughts are with everyone who has been affected by the earthquake in Nepal. We have spoken with our partners in the country and surrounding region — thankfully, they are all safe.
Just minutes before noon on Saturday, April 25th, a 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck Nepal just fifty miles from Kathmandu, the country’s capital and largest city. The earthquake and its more than thirty aftershocks have been severe — with tremors felt across the region in India, Pakistan, China, Tibet, and Bangladesh.
The worst earthquake to hit Nepal in eighty years, more than 4,000 people have been confirmed dead, and nearly 7,200 are injured — as of Monday, April 27, 2015.* Authorities expect the fatalities to increase as debris from the devastation is removed and information emerges from the rural areas that are unreachable by road.
Many homes and buildings, including several historical landmarks and religious sites, were damaged or destroyed by the earthquake. The quake also triggered landslides across the country and an avalanche on Mount Everest.
“We need support from the various international agencies, which are more knowledgeable and equipped to handle the kind of emergency we face now,” Minendra Rijal, Nepal’s Information Minister, told the BBC.
Amid the rescue operations, our partners in Nepal are receiving information from their networks, assessing the extent of the devastation, and determining the nature of the aid they may provide. Thousands of Nepalis are now homeless and require assistance to meet basic needs — such as shelter, food, water, and medicine — which are growing increasingly scarce.
We are committed to ensuring our partners have the support they need, and we are closely monitoring the situation. It is our top priority that our partners remain safe as they aid Nepal’s recovery from this international tragedy.
Some of our partners have launched disaster relief calls to action:
- American Jewish World Service
- Global Fund for Women
- American Himalayan Foundation
- Women’s Rehabilitation Center
- Urgent Action Fund for Women’s Human Rights
- Mama Cash
* As of May 10, 2015, there have been more than 9,000 fatalities and nearly 23,000 injuries reported. One in ten homes were destroyed or damaged.