Nepal Still in Desperate Need of Relief

The small Asian country of Nepal is still feeling the effects of the natural disaster that struck them last week. On April 26th, a strong earthquake struck the country near the capital city of Katmandu. The earthquake registered at a 7.8 magnitude. Jaime Garcia Dias says the next day, Nepal was rocked again by an aftershock with a 6.7 magnitude. The earthquake destroyed buildings, historical monuments, and triggered an avalanche on Mount Everest. The death toll has been steadily rising as rescuers are able to get through the rubble. The death toll is beyond 7,000 people and over 14,000 are injured.

There are stories of survival coming out of the tragedy however. The most recent story is of Funchu Tamang, a 101-year-old man, who has been found alive after being trapped for 168 hours under the rubble of his home. Despite stories of survival, the country is in major need of aid. They are low on food supplies as well as water and medical supplies. It is estimated that 3 million people are in need of some sort of relief. Hospitals are overflowing and children are at risk of contracting diseases due to unsanitary conditions.

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