The 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit Nepal Saturday, April 25, less than 50 miles from the capital of Kathmandu at 11:41 a.m. local time. Nepal continues to reel from powerful aftershocks and the devastating earthquake that at last count has left more than 4,000 people dead and 7,100 injured. The quake was strong enough to shake even the Himalayan Mountains. It is being called the worst earthquake in Nepal in more than 80 years.
The already difficult situation in much of the capital, where safe shelters are scarce, was made worse Sunday when rains began to pour. Thousands of Kathmandu’s residents are residing on streets throughout the city, either because their homes had been destroyed or because of continued aftershocks (some as strong as a magnitude 6.7).
Our partner organizations have teams on the ground in Nepal, gathering supplies and moving toward the epicenter of the quake. Both organizations anticipate that health care needs will be high in the aftermath of the disaster, and available medicines and supplies will be depleted quickly.
Your AAFP Foundation is currently seeking financial support to help ensure medicine, medical supplies, hygiene kits, and other critical supplies make it to the area and meet the needs of families affected by this devastating crisis.