The 7.8 magnitude earthquake that hit Nepal over the weekend continues to have a devastating aftermath as the death tolls rises.
As of Monday, reports indicate that more than 3,600 people were dead with thousands more injured as aftershocks continue to occur in the region. Nearly 2 million people have been affected.
The quake also triggered an avalanche on Mount Everest killing 18 and injuring dozens more. More avalanches are likely to happen.
Help from around the world is needed for Nepal and several charities are reaching out for donations. If you want to help consider donating to these organizations:
American Red Cross
The Red Cross has approximately 19,000 non-food relief kits available in Nepal which include clothing, kitchen sets, tarpaulins, mosquito nets, and personal hygiene items. Nearly 1,200 tarpaulins have already been distributed to displaced families and the Red Cross is activating its logistics systems in Kuala Lumpur and Dubai to mobilize additional relief materials in the coming days. To help those affected by the Nepal Earthquake, visit redcross.org or contact the American Red Cross Greater New York.
Save the Children
To assist those displaced by the quake, the humanitarian organization has begun the delivery of 136 tarpaulins in Kathmandu, while in the earthquake-affected Bhaktapur district, 180 baby packs – which include children’s clothes, blankets and soap – are being distributed to those in need. Save the Children will also begin distributing many more items to some of the hardest-hit regions outside Kathmandu Valley, including Gorkha and Sindhupalchowk districts. The organization has launched a fundraising campaign with the goal of raising $50 million to assist with its aid efforts. Visit www.savethechildren.org to learn how to help.
The global humanitarian organization Mercy Corps is preparing an emergency response in Nepal Donations are needed to fund lifesaving aid and recovery efforts, and Mercy Corps is accepting donations to its Nepal Earthquake Response Fund online at www.mercycorps.org/donate/survivors-need-your-help-now.
At least 940,000 children living in areas severely affected by the earthquake in Nepal are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance, according to UNICEF. The crisis leave children particularly vulnerable—limited access to safe water and sanitation will put children at great risk from waterborne diseases, while some children may have become separated from their families. UNICEF is mobilizing staff and emergency supplies to meet the urgent humanitarian needs of children affected by the earthquake, focusing on water and sanitation, nutrition, education and child protection. For more information on how to help go to www.unicefusa.org or call 1-800-367-5437.