Published on April 27th, 2015 | by Nicole Archer0
Nepal hit by aftershocks as hospitals struggle, death toll climbs
A 6.7 magnitude earthquake has hit Nepal, one day after the 7.9 magnitude earthquake devastated the tiny nation, killing hundreds and destroying various local monuments. This is Nepal’s worst earthquake since 1932.
The large aftershock triggered three more avalanches on Mount Everest, however no further casualties have been reported.
The death toll has risen to nearly 2,500 people, and Oxfam warns that this death toll is “just the beginning”. So far, 830 Australians in Nepal have been confirmed safe, but some are still missing. The Australian Embassy are still looking into reports that an Australian was killed in an avalanche on Mount Everest.
Many nations are pledging aid, with the Australian Government pitching in $5 million. A crisis response team is being sent to Nepal to aid in the recovery and humanitarian efforts.
Recovery is still the main priority, with many people still trapped under rubble. However, “more bodies are being pulled from collapsed buildings every hour,” the Australian Red Cross said in a statement. “No communications and electricity, along with landslides and rubble are preventing access to villages.”
Hospitals are overflowing with injured people, and water and medical supplies are rapidly running out. Many people are being treated outdoors in the streets, as aftershocks threaten the still-standing buildings. Many roads have been cracked open by the earthquakes, further cutting access to rural villages.
To donate to the Nepal emergency funds:
Red Cross: Call 1800 811 700 or go online to redcross.org.au
World Vision: Call 13 32 40 or go to worldvision.com.au
Plan International: Call 13 75 26 or visit plan.org.au
UNICEF: Call 1300 884 233 or go to unicef.org.au
Save the children: Visit savethechildren.org.au
Australian Himalayan Foundation: Go to australianhimalayanfoundation.org.au
OXFAM: Visit oxfam.org.au
If you or someone you know are looking for someone over in Nepal, google has launched a person finder tool since communications have been severely impaired