By now you should have received an email indicating FAIR’s involvement in light of the devastating earthquake which struck Nepal last Saturday.
The news following the deadly earthquake in Nepal are alarming:
• “At least 3,617 people are now known to have died in a massive earthquake which hit Nepal on Saturday...
• “More than 6,500 people have been injured, according to the National Emergency Operation Centre.
• “More than 200 climbers have been rescued around Mount Everest, which was struck by deadly avalanches in the 7.8-magnitude quake.
• “Vast tent cities have sprung up in Nepal's capital, Kathmandu, for those displaced or afraid to return to their homes as strong aftershocks continued. Thousands spent Sunday night - their second night - outside.
• “Officials have warned that the number of casualties could rise as rescue teams reach remote mountainous areas of western Nepal.
• “Initial reports suggest that many communities, especially those close to mountainsides, suffered significant quake damage.
• "Villages like this are routinely affected by landslides, and it's not uncommon for entire villages of 200, 300, up to 1,000 people to be completely buried by rock falls…
—BBC, April 27, 2015
On Saturday, April 26, 2015, a 7.8 earthquake struck Nepal and was felt in a number of surrounding countries as well. This quake, the first major seismic event since 1988, and dozens of strong aftershocks, have toppled thousands of buildings and the death toll, currently at 3,600, continues to rise as rescuers reach remote areas and begin the grueling task of clawing away at debris in search of survivors.
Because of the widespread devastation and the inability of rescuers to get to remote areas in order to assist those trapped, it is difficult to ascertain the specific needs at this time. Undoubtedly food, safe drinking water, medical supplies, and shelter will be in greatest demand initially. Long term needs, including rebuilding, will be determined with further assessment.
FAIR is partnering with SIM Canada (Serving in Mission) in Nepal to assist those impacted by the earthquake and subsequent aftershocks. SIM’s Nepal director is currently working in Kathmandu and writes, “It is very hard to get information and even harder to get reliable information.” SIM personnel on the ground working in two hospitals are able to provide medical care to those injured. Once needs have been assessed and a plan put together, relief will begin to be distributed to those in need.
Note that credit card donations can be made via our secure website CLICK HERE or can be mailed to our office (FAIR, P.O. Box 457, Guelph ON, N1H 6K9). If mailing your donation to our office please mark on the cheque: Nepal Earthquake is #3213.
You may be aware that the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada (DFATD) has indicated that they are establishing a Nepal Earthquake Relief Fund that will match the dollars. FAIR will be reporting to the Canadian government the total of donations received for their matching funds program (for funds rec’d up until May 25, 2015).
Dan Shurr, FAIR Director
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