“People will need considerable support including food, water, medical care and emergency shelter,” remarked the Red Cross’ Jagan Chapagain. Carl Whetham/IFRC
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As search and rescue efforts continue, hospitals in the capital are functioning but are stretched to the limit. Carl Whetham/IFRC
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The American Red Cross is also mobilizing eight disaster specialists, providing mapping and information management support and helping to reconnect separated families. Carl Whetham/IFRC
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Red Cross volunteers and staff are on the ground assisting in search and rescue efforts and providing first aid to the injured. The Nepal Red Cross has extensive experience in responding to natural disasters. Carl Whetham/IFRC
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The quake has killed at least 3,300 people in four countries—Nepal, Tibet, Bangladesh and at the Nepal-China border—with thousands more injured. Many are feared trapped under rubble and the number of casualties is expected to rise. Carl Whetham/IFRC
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The 7.8 magnitude earthquake that shook Nepal is the worst to hit the country since 1934. Carl Whetham/IFRC
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In the aftermath of the devastating earthquake, the Nepal Red Cross has been distributing tarpaulins across Kathmandu to provide families with emergency shelter. Palani Mohan/IFRC
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Since the earthquake struck Nepal, thousands of people have been living outdoors, fearful of returning to their homes. The Nepal Red Cross has been distributing tarpaulins across Kathmandu to provide families with emergency shelter. Palani Mohan/IFRC
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Local volunteers from the Bhaktapur district Red Cross chapter are assisting search-and-rescue teams. Aapo Huhta/Finnish Red Cross
April 29, 2015
A 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal on 25 April. Authorities report well over 3,000 people have been killed and many buildings have collapsed in the capital, Kathmandu. As search and rescue efforts continue, hospitals in the capital continue to function but are stretched to the limit. Powerful aftershocks continue to be felt, so further damage is a risk, increasing the climate of fear amongst the local population.
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About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.