Nepal Earthquake Relief Fund
Organized by: Rahil Taujale
On April 25, 2015, Nepal was struck by a 7.9 richtor scale earthquake with the epicenter only about 60 miles NorthWest of the capital. This initial earthquake along with the following aftershocks, including one of magnitude 6.7, has left the whole nation devastated. Residents fled screaming to the streets only to be pelted by heavy rain.
Death tolls in the capital alone has crossed 1000, while across the nation reports tally death tolls to more than 2800, increasing by the minute. More than 6000 injured individuals are desperately seeking medical attention while the overloaded and limited hospitals and medical centers resort to courtyards and streets for housing the injured. Reports indicate a scarcity of medical supplies and personnel.
Centuries old temples and world heritage sites (including the iconic Dharahara tower) have turned to rubble. Base camp at Mt. Everest has also sustained heavy damage due to an avalanche on the Khumbu icefall caused by the earthquake. Reports indicate that death tolls in Mt. Everest has reached up to 17 which also includes 3 US citizens. One of the three, Eve Girawong, is from Chicago and was working as a medical personnel at the Everest base camp.
Rescue efforts are underway to search the rubble for any casualties. Heavy rainfall, frequent aftershocks and the huge amount of initial damage are just some of the issues that have made relief attempts futile. 6 army and 3 police personnel have lost their lives trying to save others from the disaster. Electricity, running water, and other resources are no longer available. People have resorted to make-do tents in the middle of wide open areas in an attempt to avoid falling debris. These large camps are ill-equipped to protect people from the rainfall nor have all the supplies that people need.
People are left without roofs over their heads, without proper clothing to keep them warm and sparsely stocked food and water. Dark shadows of epidemics loom over the population due to lack of sanitation.
How can the few of us abroad, away form home ever rest our eyes when our whole nation is in such peril, without food, shelter but only fear in their hearts.