On Monday, the devastation from the 7.8-magnitude earthquake that struck the heart of Nepal on Saturday was not yet fully known. The death toll surpassed 4,000 without accounting for the mountain villages where rescue workers still struggled to go.
Thousands of survivors were sleeping outdoors and in need of shelter, food, fuel and medicine. Lingering tremors and traffic jams in and around the capital Kathmandu made distribution of relief supplies difficult.
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- USAID has given the Nepalese government an initial $1 million and sent a Disaster Assistance Response Team to Nepal. The agency’s staff in Bangkok, Thailand, is coordinating with other U.S. relief organizations in the region. A situation report says some buildings have collapsed, roads are damaged, telecommunications networks are spotty but landlines appear functional.
- AmeriCares dispatched a response team from Mumbai, India, and is shipping medical supplies from its warehouses in the United States, Europe and India.
- CARE, which already has a 150-member staff in Nepal, is supplementing its workforce with specialists from around the world.
- Catholic Relief Services sent personnel to Kathmandu to provide emergency shelter, blankets, water treatment kits, and hygiene kits.
- Doctors Without Borders is sending eight medical teams from Bihar state in India to the affected areas, along with a surgical team from Brussels.
- The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies has launched an emergency appeal to help 75,000 vulnerable people with food, shelter and water and sanitation.
- International Medical Corps is working to provide medical care to survivors.
- Save the Children, SOS Children’s Villages and UNICEF are channeling their efforts to help children and families affected by the quake.
- The World Food Program is trucking food to the district of Gorkha, one of the worst-hit areas, and flying a helicopter to remote villages to hand out high-energy biscuits.
- The World Health Organization distributed emergency medical kits to doctors in Nepal aimed at helping 40,000 people for three months.
- USAID’s Center for International Disaster Information has listed dozens of more nongovernmental organizations helping.