SAMARITAN’S PURSE IS RESPONDING TO THE DISASTROUS QUAKE.
A Samaritan’s Purse disaster response team member who arrived in Kathmandu, Nepal, in the early morning hours on Sunday is seeing incredible destruction, death, and need in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake.
“There’s a lot of hurting people here,” said Patrick Seger, the team leader for our response. “I saw a number of needs out there, a number of dead people, a lot of structures had fallen. A lot of people lost their homes and lost their incomes. They’re trying to figure out what they’re going to do.”
Samaritan’s Purse is rushing disaster response experts and supplies to help survivors of the catastrophic 7.8-magnitude earthquake that struck Nepal on Saturday, killing thousands and destroying numerous houses and buildings.
“We’re doing all we can to help those whose lives have been turned upside down by this terrible disaster,” Samaritan’s Purse President Franklin Graham said. “The people of Nepal urgently need our prayers.”
More than 5,000 people are known to have died, and there are fear that number could double as officials dig through the rubble. Over 8,000 were injured. Tens of thousands are homeless. Some 8 million people have been affected.
The quake struck an area between the capital, Kathmandu, and the city of Pokhara, the US Geological Survey said. Tremors were felt across the region, with further loss of life in India, Bangladesh and on Mount Everest.
The earthquake collapsed houses, leveled centuries-old temples and triggered avalanches in the Himalayas. It was the worst temblor to hit the poor South Asian nation in over 80 years.
The quake struck before noon local time and was most severely felt in the capital as well as the densely populated Kathmandu Valley. A magnitude-6.6 aftershock hit about an hour later, and smaller aftershocks continued to ripple through the region for hours.
Please pray for everyone affected by the earthquake, for those who have lost loved ones, and for families whose homes have been destroyed. Pray that our God will use Samaritan’s Purse to convey the love of Christ.
If you would like to give to help those in need, we would direct you to Samaratian’s Purse website for online giving.