Nepal Relief Update – April 29, 2015

April 29th, 10:30 CST.

The death toll has climbed to over 5,000. Nepal’s Prime Minister, Sushil Koirala, reported to Reuters that the death toll could reach 10,000, with information on casualties and damage from far-flung villages and towns yet to come in.

We received updates this morning from SARA Church and others from Nepal. SARA has been distributing resources including mattresses, blankets, and face masks to the church and people in their community.

Tej Rokka of SARA reported, “Weather is a difficulty right now.” This is the beginning of Nepal’s monsoon season. During the monsoons, outbreaks of water-born diseases which spread through contaminated food or water are common. Poor sanitation and damaged sewage systems increase the odds of diseases like cholera and dysentery. “It is raining now, people have no place to stay dry,” Tej stated. Part of our relief efforts will include securing and stabilizing structures that were damaged during the quake to provide shelter.

“We are working to get tents,” Tej remarked . “We have been distributing masks, blankets, and mattresses to those in need … It is terrible but getting better.”

While there are relief agencies bringing in food, many are unable to access it yet. They are forced to buy food where they can but the prices have gone up since the quake. “Some places have made their food prices higher due to such a demand…[people] are in desperate need of rice and other food items,” said Karina, a missionary friend living in Patan.

We will continue to work with the local church of Nepal. Our prayer is that by empowering them to show the love of Christ in peoples time of need, the Gospel will be advanced and God will be glorified. Please consider giving to relief efforts here or through other trusted organizations.