A massive 7.8 magnitude earthquake devastated Nepal this past Saturday, leaving thousands of people homeless and injured. While the death toll is certain to rise in the coming days, at least 3,000 are already reported dead.
The quake is the largest to hit the region in over eighty years. Tents are being erected throughout the country to help aid the six million people who live in the affected areas. However, the destructive force of the quake has led to power outages and infrastructure damage, making rescue operations difficult.
Along with the mounting casualties, it is being reported that climbers from around the world were trapped in several avalanches around Mt Everest. Over sixty individuals are reported injured, 18 have been confirmed dead, and many are still missing.
The international community is making efforts to help out in the disaster. Medical and rescue teams from fourteen different nations are on the way to help out the Nepalese government as they deal with this large crisis.
The United States Pentagon sent over about 70 disaster-relied personnel after the airport in the capital city of Kathmandu reopened. Meanwhile, UNICEF is reporting that 940,000 children are in urgent need of assistance following low water supplies, power outages, and communications breakdowns.
At the same time, many citizens of Nepal are still wondering when the tremors will stop, especially after a 6.7 magnitude aftershock occurred Sunday. "There were at least three big quakes at night and early morning. How can we feel safe? This is never-ending and everyone is scared and worried," Sundar Sah, who lives in Kathmandu, explained in an Associated Press interview. "I hardly got much sleep. I was waking up every few hours and glad that I was alive."
Here is more information on international aid efforts to Nepal.
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