Each time a natural disaster strikes, the actual event usually gets more coverage than the aftermath. When it comes to earthquakes, like the recent violent shaking which has affected Nepal on April 25, the impact of the calamity is getting worse as days pass by and related news headlines presenting dry statistics become rarer.
Nepal earthquake aftermath
Last month’s tragic event is the most severe natural disaster to strike Nepal since the major Nepal-Bihar earthquake from 1934.
Aside from the impact of more than 6,100 fatalities and 12,000 wounded, survivors are also dealing with aftershocks, landslide risks, having to sleep outside in the rain and seeing their homes destroyed.
In a few weeks, the rainy monsoon season will come, making the situation even more difficult for evacuated people.
Rescuers are facing difficulties because their helicopters are too large to land in villages located on steep mountainsides and many roads are blocked. People are living in inadequate camps and the lack of medical supplies will lead to epidemics with severe consequences in the following weeks.
The hospitals which are still standing don’t have enough space to treat everyone and food supplies are insufficient.
How you can help
Fortunately, the Kathmandu airport is open, but the large number of aid-flights with items difficult to sort is too much for the airport’s overwhelmed logistics.
People willing to help are encouraged to donate money rather than supplies.
One of the ways you can help the victims of the Nepal earthquake is responding to Save the Children’s donation appeal and helping them achieve their goal of raising $10 million.
Reaching the $10 million threshold will unlock a substantial gift of another $1 million promised by generous donors.
Remember that making a gift through Save the Children is one of the best ways to give, so don’t hesitate to give a helping hand now!