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Nepal Earthquake Victims
About the Disaster:
A 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal on April 25, 2015. Authorities report at least 5,240 people have been killed and many buildings have collapsed in the capital, Kathmandu. The American Red Cross is committing $1,000,000 and mobilizing disaster specialists to help provide emergency humanitarian assistance following the devastating earthquake. Efforts are part of a larger global Red Cross relief response, led by the Nepal Red Cross.
While details of the impact continue to come in, the Nepal Red Cross is providing first aid and search and rescue assistance to medical facilities in the capital, plus support to first responders. Well over 5,240 people have been killed in Nepal, Tibet, Bangladesh and at the Nepal-China border, with some 10,350 more injured. Many are feared trapped under rubble and the number of casualties is expected to rise. Some eight million people have been affected by the quake.
Buildings and infrastructure have been damaged and destroyed, electricity and telephone connectivity is intermittent, and mobile services are experiencing heavy congestion. Hospitals continue to function but are stretched to the limits.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds, and provides emotional support to victims of disasters. It supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission.
Please help us in our effort to raise funds for the American Red Cross and the Nepal earthquake victims! Together our help will provide essential aid including shelter, meals, health care, emotional support, and other emergency services.