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nepal quake2My name is Narayan P. Dhakal and I am from Kathmandu, Nepal. I am affiliated with the Humanists of Minnesota and currently working as a freelance Interdisciplinary Environmental Expert in Minnesota. You might have heard about the devastating earthquake that struck in Nepal on Saturday. Fortunately most of my immediate family members are safe, but the damage to life and property of my friends and relatives has been monumental. A total of 2400 people have been confirmed dead and 5900 are critically injured and many missing. There is no communication with some of the rural areas of the country where the situation is worst. The immediate relief assistance has not yet reached rural Nepal where people have been buried for more than 48 hours.

I am praying for the departed souls to rest in peace; the ones who survived are in dire need of help. Hospitals are running out of supplies; people have a shortage of pure drinking water and basic sanitation items. Families, including mine, have been living in open fields because of the dozen or more aftershocks that have followed the massive 7.8 magnitude quake. They are in need of food, water, sleeping bags and sanitary items. It is raining in some areas but people don’t have tents. Most importantly urgent training in capacity building is needed for the local youth on how to sustain the rescue efforts to clear the debris and find the people who are under the remnants.

The global Red Cross network, led by Red Cross Nepal has mounted an international relief effort to provide emergency humanitarian assistance. The association of Nepalese in Minnesota (ANMN) is raising funds to donate to Red Cross Nepal. As an immediate step you could go to their website and extend your donation. It is times like these that humanity needs to display its true compassion and generosity to help those in need. There is a need to boost morale of the people who have survived and inrease their capacity so the able ones can help others who need help. The search and rescue effort must be intensive right now to clear the depris, find the buried ones and rescue those who are still alive.

Both short and long term planning in greatly needed in Nepal for the restoration of damaged infrastructure, restoration of cultural artifacts to save our cultural heritage and ensure food and shelter. I would like to urge your support so the people of Nepal could add value to their rescue and relief mission. Please either contact me at visit the website of Nepalese in Minnesota for further detail on how to extend your donation or support.  

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