On Saturday, April 25, 2015, a magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck central Nepal at mid-day local time. This was followed by more than 20 aftershocks in the 4.5 to 6.6 range. Approximately, 6.6 million people live within 100 km of the earthquake’s epicenter. The earthquake also effected regions in neighboring Bangladesh, India and China. On Mt. Everest, the earthquake triggered an avalanche resulting in at least 18 deaths.
As of a week later, there are an estimated 7,240 fatalities, 14,122 estimated injuries and 2.8 million people have been displaced.
The need is great. Each campus has appointed a Disaster Relief Coordinator who will be responsible to coordinate efforts on campus.
CUNY’s campaign is multi-pronged:
- Providing assistance to students and faculty/staff with ties to the region; and
- Raising charitable donations to assist Nepal in the aftermath of this recent catastrophic natural disaster
Photos by Carl Whetham / American Red Cross
The needs in the area are great:
- Shelter and displacement—With the impending monsoon season due to begin in June, shelter support remains a crucial need
- Health—addressing injuries and responding to health crises. Reports are beginning to come in of influenza and diarrhea in remote regions
- Water—drinking water, sanitation and hygiene have been identified as major concerns, including water storage and treatment
- Food Security—As many as 1.4 million people may require urgent food assistance. The earthquake has also impacted local crops and other food sources
International relief agencies urge that the most effective way people can assist relief efforts is by making cash contributions to humanitarian organizations that are conducting relief efforts