|Prayers Up: Nepal Earthquake Death Toll Rises Above 3,000
Article By EEW Magazine News Staff/ Photo Credit: Omar Havana/GETTY
The devastation is almost unimaginable, but the horror is very real. At least 3,617 people are dead
following a 7.8-magnitude earthquake in Nepal on Saturday, officials say.
The National Emergency Operation Center reports more than 6,500 people are injured, while dozens
were killed in neighboring China and India.
The capital Kathmandu, is left in ruins. Sacred temples crumbled. People are buried under the rubble
that was once home. Hospitals don’t have enough medical supplies to treat the influx of wounded patients.
Many displaced residents who are too afraid to return to their homes as powerful aftershocks continue,
are staying in tents outdoors.
Meanwhile, officials say the number of casualties could continue to rise as rescuers begin combing over
remote mountainous areas of western Nepal. Already, more than 200 climbers have been rescued around
Humanitarian organizations like Save the Children and World Vision are reportedly sending out teams to
"Villages like this are routinely affected by landslides, and it's not uncommon for entire villages of 200,
300, up to 1,000 people to be completely buried by rock falls," World Vision spokesperson Matt Darvas
Yet, this is the worst earthquake to hit Nepal in over 80 years.
Among the dead are three U.S. citizens, a State Department official told CNN on Sunday, while offering
"deepest condolences to the family and friends of the victims."
BBC reports it is becoming more difficult for the hundreds of thousands living outside in very basic tents
with little protection from the elements. Water is becoming increasingly scarce and fears that children are
at risk of disease is rising.
As of now, aid flights are coming in quickly, but due to the Kathmandu airport’s limited parking bays,
many aircraft vessels have not yet been given permission to land.
The situation is clearly dire and our prayers are with the families of the dead, displaced residents, the
missing and wounded.