The death toll from the recent 7.9 magnitude quake that struck Nepal has surpassed 7,500. The quake was far-reaching, and its impact was extensive, with aftershocks and deaths being reported at the Nepal-China border, Bangladesh, Tibet, and even New Delhi, India.
At Mount Everest basecamp, a German climber captured this dramatic footage of the avalanche triggered by the quake which killed 18 people.
There are many ways you can help the relief effort in Nepal and those affected by the quake.
Consider donating to Matthieu Ricard’s humanitarian organization, Karuna Shechen. Oxfam Australia and Unicef have information on how you can help by donating to their organizations, and GlobalGiving.org has started a fundraising campaign, with all donations pledged to disaster relief.
NRI SEVA Foundation has also created a Nepal Earthquake Relief Fund, noting that “that 100% of every gift will go to support the victims of this devastating earthquake.”
The American Red Cross is working closely with the Nepal Red Cross Society (NRCS) and global Red Cross network to coordinate additional support.
Kyabgön Phakchok Rinpoche created a relief fund, writing, “The immediate concern is of course first aid relief, however, after an earthquake there are not only the immediate needs of those injured, there are also concerns of food, water, shelter and months of reconstruction. Donations can be made here via PayPal.”
Google has now launched a 2015 Nepal Earthquake Person Finder — with information about people who may have been affected by the quake. Facebook has also activated a Safety Check that allows people to “check in” and confirm their safety via the social network.