7.9 EARTHQUAKE STRIKES NEPAL

7.9 EARTHQUAKE STRIKES NEPAL

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Posted
4/25/15

CARE RESPONSE TEAMS ON THE GROUND AS REPORTS OF MAJOR CASUALTIES AND DAMAGE ARE REPORTED

KATHMANDU, NEPAL (April 25, 2015) — A 7.9 magnitude earthquake has struck Nepal at 11:46am local time. The epicenter of the earthquake struck in an area between the Nepalese capital Kathmandu and the city of Pokhara.

There are reports of significant numbers of injuries and unconfirmed reports of fatalities, with buildings and monuments reported collapsed throughout the capital Kathmandu. Extensive damage is also feared in the many villages nearer the epicenter of the earthquake.

CARE's humanitarian workers on the ground in Nepal are currently assessing the situation and determining immediate needs.

CARE has worked in Nepal since 1978, with programs focused on areas including food Security, HIV/AIDS, health, education, water and sanitation, and the empowerment of women and girls. CARE's past responses to emergencies in Nepal have included response to massive landslides in Nepal’s Sindhupalchowk district in August 2014.

CARE's emergency response teams specialize in providing life-saving food, water, shelter and health care. CARE has more than six decades of experience helping people prepare for disasters, providing lifesaving assistance when a crisis hits, and helping communities recover after the emergency has passed. CARE, which works in 90 countries around the world, places a special focus on women, children and other vulnerable populations, who are often disproportionately affected by disasters. In 2014, our emergency response and recovery projects reached nearly four million people in 40 countries.

Your gift today will help us continue to provide food, water and shelter to those most affected by this disaster and others around the world.

ABOUT CARE

Founded in 1945 with the creation of the CARE Package®, CARE is a leading humanitarian organization fighting global poverty. CARE has seven decades of experience delivering emergency aid during times of crisis. Our emergency responses focus on the needs of the most vulnerable populations, particularly girls and women. Last year CARE worked in 90 countries and reached more than 72 million people around the world. To learn more, visit www.care.org.

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Holly Frew, hfrew@care.org, 770 842 6188

Brian Feagans, bfeagans@care.org, 404-457-4644

Nicole Harris, nharris@care.org 404-735-0871 

 

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