Support for Nepal Earthquake Victims
Government of Nepal has suffered a devastating earthquake and appeals have been requested all around world to assist with immediate relief, and longer-term recovery and development. Officials say that death tolls from the 7.8 magnitude quake has now passed 5000 and more than 8000 people injured so far. People affected by the earthquake are in need of food, water, emergency shelter and healthcare, with many sleeping in the open in makeshift tents. The magnitude of the destruction is so worst that we may not know the facts in near future given the difficulties in rescue operations there.
This is believed to be one of the most powerful earthquakes to strike the region in the past 80 years. Current reports indicate that 35 out of 75 districts across the country have been affected and tremors have been felt in neighboring countries. 6.6 million people live within the affected areas.
At present, response priorities are search and rescue, the provision of shelter and re-establishing healthcare facilities. Providing safe water and hygiene facilities and communications networks will also be immediate priorities for the coordinated response.
“Time is of the essence for the search and rescue operations,” said Under-Secretary-General of Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Valerie Amos.
“The actions of the Government of Nepal and local communities themselves have already saved many lives. Teams from India, Pakistan, China and Israel have started work, and more are on their way from the US, the UK, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates, the European Union and elsewhere.”
Canadian Bhutanese Society (CBS) has already started collecting donations from individuals and organizations to support the earthquake victims. CBS accepts donations either through cash or cheques. Cheques can be made out to Canadian Bhutanese Society. CBS will issue taxable receipt for any donation for $20 or more. To donate, please contact Purna Adhikari- 403-393-8674 or Laxmi Timsina – 403-795-3007 directly or through firstname.lastname@example.org.
Canadian Bhutanese Society appreciates the donations from individuals, businesses and agencies.
Purna Nanda Adhikari