Earthquake in Nepal: The World pitches inBy Ivan Arturo Ebergenyi Thorpe
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On Saturday April 25, a magnitude 8 earthquake shook several regions of Nepal leaving a horrific death toll of approximately 10,000 in its wake, according to government estimates. If the figures are accurate, this may very well be the country’s deadliest temblor in the last 100 years.
The aftermath is ongoing and particularly disastrous as the country’s geography has made access to affected areas difficult. Furthermore, being one of Asia’s poorest nations, rescue efforts have been greatly reliant on international assistance.
Currently efforts are of course focused on rescue and salvage so it may be too early to accurately determine the economic impact of this tragedy. However, as a country with an economy still largely dependent on agriculture and remittances from foreign workers, the effects can be expected to rankle.
Governments around the world have responded to the ongoing crisis, with India most notably responding within an astounding 15 minutes of the quake with a comprehensive dispatch of rescue and relief teams, including medical personnel and 43 tons of relief material on the first day alone. To name but a few examples of assistance provided through a full-fledged operation still underway at the time this note is published.
Neighboring China has pledged US $3.3 million in humanitarian aid with the United States pledging US $10 million. Both countries, along with many other states which have pledged assistance, have also committed to providing personnel of varying types. The government of Mexico has already sent representatives from its Secretariat of the Interior to coordinate efforts from the Mexican Civil Defense System with Nepalese authorities.
If you would like to help, please remember that the best form of assistance is monetary as it allows for organizations to secure the resources that are most needed as opposed to receiving surpluses of unneeded material. If you are unsure as to who to donate to, you can try this list of organizations vetted by American non-profit Charity Navigator. The list itself was compiled by Minneapolis-based Public Radio International.
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