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7.8 magnitude earthquake in Nepal

7.8 magnitude earthquake in Nepal – 25 Apr 2015

Tearfund’s Disaster Team are warning that Nepal’s largest earthquake for 80 years – which struck early on Saturday April 25th – ‘is likely to be our worst earthquake scenario: a “perfect-storm” disaster’.

The 7.8 magnitude quake, which was centred between the capital Kathmandu and Nepal’s second largest city Pokhara, has brought down many buildings. Tearfund is treating it as ‘cross-border’ disaster for its impact in India also. Over 7,000 people have already been confirmed dead with almost 14,000 injured. The country’s Prime Minister fears the death toll could rise to 10,000 as information from remote areas comes in.

Many bodies are still trapped under the rubble and rain and landslides are making it even more difficult to reach people in remote communities. The UN estimates that 8 million people have been affected by this earthquake.

Right now, Tearfund staff and partners are dealing with the most urgent needs, such as emergency shelters, food and safe water. The next few days are critical in the race to save lives.

Please pray for all those affected, that those who have been injured receive treatment quickly. Pray for speedy and effective rescue efforts to reach those who are trapped in destroyed buildings. And please pray for Tearfund’s Christian partners and staff as they decide how to best respond.

Click here to download a prayer power point for Nepal that can be used by churches, groups or individuals.

To donate to our Nepal Earthquake Appeal please click here.

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