The morning of April 25, a devastating magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck Nepal near Kathmandu and also affecting nearby parts of India. Avalanches were reported in the Himalayas, including on Mount Everest.
There is catastrophic structural damage in Kathmandu and people are trapped in collapsed buildings. The death toll is climbing at an alarming rate as survivors dig through the rubble frantically trying to free loved ones and neighbors.
Caritas Nepal has not been able to get in touch with its field offices because of damaged communications lines and therefore is unable to confirm the number of people that will need help in the surrounding villages. However, the needs are expected to be significant, with millions affected.
Catholic Relief Services is responding and has committed resources to relief efforts. CRS and our Caritas partners have begun procuring emergency relief materials such as tarpaulins/shelter kits and water, sanitation and hygiene materials.
But we urgently need your help. Your donations will help our immediate emergency response and allow us to reach even more affected families. Please donate by filling out the form below.