KATHMANDU, NEPAL (May 12, 2015) — Two Covenanters serving with Medical Teams International(MTI) in Kathmandu report that they are safe following a strong earthquake today.
Michaela Evans, Asia program coordinator for MTI, emailed family and supporters today that “All MTI staff and volunteers have been accounted for and we are staying out in the open until we have further information.”
In Nepal and India, urgent relief is still needed. We continue to provide the most urgent needed relief–medical care, shelter, household items. But, the rainy season is coming and those who have been devastated by the earthquake will be in desperate need again.
With World Relief, we are sending tarps, rope, jerry cans and water purification to protect about 7,000 families (more than 30,000 people) against the monsoon rain and the diseases that inevitably follow. It is a struggle against time to provide protection to all those who are living in the open, either because they do not dare return to their homes fearing they will collapse, or simply because their homes are not there anymore. When rain starts to pour over the collapsed buildings, it will mix with sewer water, rats, and dead livestock and become mud, and there is risk of epidemic outbreaks. Continue Reading »
KATHMANDU, NEPAL (May 6, 2015) – Nurse Sharon Tissell, a Covenanter volunteering with Medical Teams International in Nepal following the April 28 catastrophic earthquake was writing a report for the organization when the ground began to shake. It was yet another of the many aftershocks of the 7.8-magnitude seismic convulsion that caused people to see whether there will be more landslides, more collapsing buildings around them.
More than 7,000 people have died due to the earthquake. Hundreds of thousands of people were left homeless.
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GRAND RAPIDS, MI (April 29, 2015) — Ram Aryal, Thornapple Covenant Church’s minister to the Nepalese-speaking community, said today that many family members living in his native country have been forced from their homes by Saturday’s 7.8 magnitude earthquake that claimed the lives of more than 5,000 people.
“My 80-year-old dad, stepmom, brothers, sisters-in-law, and my nephews and nieces are outside under tents,” said Aryal, who has had limited email contact with family in Nepal. “I do not know as of yet if anybody is hurt.”
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