By Pia Shah-Pankiewicz
On April 25th, 2015, an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.8 hit Nepal and had after effects on parts of India, Bhutan, China and Bangladesh. Then, two weeks later another earthquake struck the same area. Effects of both earthquakes have killed over 8,000 people and injured over 14,000. The majority of deaths were reported in Kathmandu and all over Nepal, as well as parts of India, Bangladesh, China, and Pakistan. Tremors reached India, Bangladesh, and Tibet. Over 50 countries have sent relief workers and materials to help with the damage sustained in the earthquake. The United States has given 10 million dollars, the United Kingdom 23.14 million, and other countries such as Israel and Pakistan have set up field hospitals for the injured. Almost 2 million children in Nepal were stripped of their homes, family and loved ones, leaving them in need of shelter, food and water. Relief workers from other countries had difficulty getting into Nepal due to the lack of airports (Kathmandu is the only international), which had numerous delays and other confusions. Because of the disorganization the earthquake caused, it has taken awhile to distribute the “leftover” aid money and donations. Medical professionals from major U.S. hospitals are on stand-by.
The village of Ghodatabela and the village of Lantang were heavily affected by an avalanche around the same time as the earthquake. Dozens of other rural Nepalese towns experienced aftershocks of the quake, especially in the district of Jumla. Donations continue to be made through a diverse range of humanitarian organizations. Nepal, being a generally poor country, does not have the resources to help reorganize their cities and towns, so every donation given is one that will help. If you’d like to contribute to the rebuilding of Nepal, visit Unicef.