The Plight of The People In Nepal After The Earthquake

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – At the time of writing this story the UN estimates that eight million people have been affected by the 7.8 Richter scale earthquake in Nepal – that’s more than a quarter of this nation’s population – and that 1.4 million are in need of food assistance. Tens of thousands have been left homeless. By the time you have finished reading this story these numbers will have increased.

Aid has begun to arrive at remote regions near the epicentre of Saturday’s (25 April) devastating earthquake. As relief efforts continue in the Kathmandu Valley, the UN says the response is broadening to include areas such as Dhading and Gorkha. Many survivors remain in desperate need of food and water. Aftershocks, landslides, and severe damage from the earthquake in one of Asia's poorest countries have complicated the rescue efforts. Now thousands of people are queuing to board buses and leave the capital, amid fears of further aftershocks.

On the other side of the world, in the U.S., Verizon is calling on its employees and customers to join in assisting the victims of this quake. From now until May 10, the company will match Verizon employees’ donations of $25 or more, up to $1,000 per employee, to the American Red Cross and World Vision to support relief efforts. Verizon is also waiving charges for long-distance calls and text messages from the U.S. to Nepalese numbers from April 25 through May 31 to support its customers who are trying to communicate with their families and friends in Nepal. Verizon Wireless supports text-to-donate programs, allowing its American customers to make a $10 donation to the not-for-profit organisations which includes World Vision by texting NEPAL to 777444 or the Red Cross by texting REDCROSS to 90999.

This is one of the most powerful earthquakes to hit Nepal in recent memory and the need for support and relief is immediate and immense. With its operations around the world, Verizon and its employees have a history of running to crises such as this one. It is very committed to helping the people of Nepal and the neighbouring region, as they begin to recover and rebuild from this devastating natural disaster.

Hundreds of thousands of people continue to live in temporary camps, in squalid conditions with very little food and water. Officials have acknowledged that they have been overwhelmed by the scale of the disaster and that delivering relief to far-flung villages has been challenging. This is because the terrain is such that very remote areas take a long time to reach. The search-and-rescue teams are working around the clock. It is a race against time, as rain is forecast soon, which will hinder progress. Nepal has observed three days of national mourning for the victims.

Photo Credit: Wikimedia - Krish Dulal