Over 1400 are known to have been killed by a 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck an area between the capital, Kathmandu, and the city of Pokhara, in Nepal. The military are battling against time to save unknown numbers of people feared trapped under rubble while medical workers have been stretched to their limits caring for nearly 2000 people injured by the disaster.
Throughout the day, tremors were felt across the region, with further loss of life in India, Bangladesh, Tibet and on Mount Everest where at least 10 climbers were crushed alive in avalanches.
The government has declared a state of emergency in the affected areas.
Nepali Information Minister Minendra Rijal said there had been “massive damage” at the epicentre. Famous UNESCO sites like the “Darahar tower” have been reduced to rubble.
Food for Life Global affiliate, ISKCON Kathmandu are doing what they can to respond to the emergency with hot vegan meals. However, not much is known at this time.
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“We are appealing to our supporters to please donate to this effort by making donations via our website to help fund our emergency response,” said Food for Life Global director, Paul Rodney Turner. “FFLG emergency personnel from other countries are ready to fly over to assist our Nepalese team, including, Bruce Webster, who oversaw the earthquake relief in Haiti in 2010.”