Nepal earthquake: Helping survivors
Aid groups are rushing to get crucial supplies to survivors of Nepal’s devastating earthquake, which has killed more than 4,000 people. Here is a look at some of the many humanitarian efforts underway and how to donate:
The humanitarian organization that fights global poverty plans to distribute emergency shelter and hygiene kits to people in remote areas of Nepal.
151 Ellis St. NE, Atlanta, GA 30303
• Catholic Relief Services
Catholic Relief Services says it is providing emergency shelter, blankets, water treatment kits and hygiene kits to people affected by the earthquake.
228 W. Lexington St., Baltimore, MD 21201-3443
• Doctors Without Borders
Doctors Without Borders, also known as Medecins Sans Frontieres, says it is sending medical staff and supplies to Nepal, including emergency surgical teams.
Doctors Without Borders USA, P.O. Box 5030, Hagerstown, MD 21741-5030
• International Medical Corps
The Los Angeles-based International Medical Corps says it has a team in the hard-hit Gorkha district, at the epicenter of the quake, delivering urgently needed healthcare and supplies.
12400 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1500, Los Angeles, CA 90025
• Mercy Corps
Mercy Corps warns that prices for essential supplies in Nepal are rising quickly. The group says it is working with the Nepal Red Cross Society to help distribute essential household supplies, shelter kits and tarpaulins. Mercy Corps has about 100 staffers in Nepal, some of whom have lost their homes in the quake.
Mercy Corps, Dept. W, P.O. Box 2669, Portland, OR 97208
Oxfam says it is sending emergency food, water and sanitation supplies. “Communication is currently very difficult. Telephone lines are down and the electricity has been cut off, making charging mobile phones difficult. The water is also cut off,” Cecilia Keizer, Oxfam’s director in Nepal, says in a statement.
Nepal Earthquake Relief and Recovery Fund, 226 Causeway St., 5th Floor, Boston, MA 02114
• Red Cross
The International Committee of the Red Cross says it is working with the Nepal Red Cross Society and has a team working on emergency response. The American Red Cross says it also is forwarding donations to Nepal.
American Red Cross, P.O. Box 4002018, Des Moines, IA 50340-2018
• Save the Children
Save the Children says it has staff members in 63 districts and it has emergency kits, hygiene materials and tarpaulins in Nepal and ready for distribution. Additional supplies and emergency recovery teams are being flown in.
501 Kings Highway East, Suite 400, Fairfield, CT 06825
The U.N. children’s agency says nearly 1 million children in Nepal need help. UNICEF says it is preparing two cargo flights with a combined 120 tons of humanitarian supplies — including medical and hospital supplies, tents and blankets — for urgent airlift to Katmandu, Nepal’s capital.
U.S. Fund for UNICEF, 125 Maiden Lane, New York, NY 10038
The Associated Press was used in compiling this report.
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