How You Can Help Earthquake Victims in Nepal

posted: 04/28/15
by: TLC

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The Discovery family is deeply saddened by today's tragic earthquake and the loss of life among the Nepali people and the Himalayan climbing community. For more information on how to support recovery efforts, please visit GlobalGiving's Nepal Earthquake Relief Fund page.

A devastating earthquake ravaged Nepal on Saturday morning, killing more than 1400 people across four countries. The death toll is expected to rise significantly as rescuers reach remote, outlying areas affected by the quake.

"Our village has been almost wiped out. Most of the houses are either buried by landslide or damaged by shaking," Vim Tamang, a local resident, told CBS News. "All the villagers have gathered in the open area. We don't know what to do. We are feeling helpless."

The magnitude 7.8 quake is the worst to hit the nation in 81 years, and could be felt as far away as New Delhi. Centered 50 miles northwest of densely populated Kathmandu, it struck at 11:56 A.M. local time (2:11 A.M. EDT). CNN reports that the quake struck at a depth of only 9.3 miles, making it much more destructive than a deeper quake would have been.

A magnitude 6.6 aftershock followed an hour later; the United States Geological Survey has since recorded 18 aftershocks of varying magnitudes.

The quake triggered an avalanche on Mount Everest (which lies precisely along the Nepal-China border) that killed at least 8 climbers and injured 30 more. It struck near the Khumbu Icefall, a spot notorious among climbers for its treacherous terrain.

Centuries-old temples and buildings throughout the region were destroyed, including the iconic Bhimsen Tower. Kathmandu is currently without running water, and service at the city's Tribhuvan International Airport has been suspended indefinitely, hindering international aid efforts.

As TLC fans know, Jill and Derick Dillard met in Nepal, and they hold the country and its people close to their hearts. Derick's charity of choice is Baptist Global Response if you're interested in giving.

We will continue to update this page with news about this humanitarian crisis and ways the Discovery community can support the Nepali people and international relief efforts.