A man cries as he walks on the street while passing through a damaged statue of Lord Buddha in Bhaktapur, April 26, 2015. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar

 

 

After last Saturday’s powerful earthquake, vast areas of Nepal are in need of immediate supplies.  Food, clean water, medicine, and blankets are the most urgent needs . Along with our partner, Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe, we have joined the aid effort.

“The most important task for aid organizations and their workers is to reach the most affected areas as quickly as possible. Nepal is one of the world’s poorest countries. Few roads have asphalt and communication systems are unreliable. We are battling time,” said Jan Dus, Director of Diaconia – CRD.

People carry the body of a victim on a stretcher in Kathmandu, April 25, 2015. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar

Our partners in ACT Alliance (a coalition of more than 140 churches and affiliated organizations) have offices in Nepal and were able to provide immediate aid after the devastating quake. Because they have a presence in Kathmandu, ACT Alliance’s emergency response team has been able to coordinate help right in the city and will continue to do so .

Kathmandu and 30 of the 75 districts in western and central Nepal have been severely affected by the earthquake. Roads are completely destroyed and many residents are fearful to return to their homes due to the ongoing aftershocks. It will take weeks for rescue efforts to reach Nepal’s remote areas and provide care for the injured. The true scale of the crisis will not be known until then. At the moment, the main priorities are to care for the injured, quickly set up emergency shelters, and provide clean water and food to those in need.People search for family members trapped inside collapsed houses in Bhaktapur, April 26, 2015. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar

 

 

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