I know I keep reblogging posts about this, but Nepal is in
serious need of help.
3,700 people are
already confirmed dead and they are still in search and rescue phase. They are still unable to reach many remote
areas and don’t even know the status of whole villages.
Tens of climbers and
sherpas are still stranded on Makalu, Dhaulagiri, and Everest. Frequent aftershocks make descending too risky
and heli evacuation is needed. 22 people are dead and there are
still more than 200 people missing in Everest base camp where the largest avalanche hit.
They are still
experiencing large aftershocks which are expected to continue for the next
month. There was a M-6.7 aftershock
today. People in Kathmandu have said
aftershocks are occurring every 5 minutes, many of them in mid-M-4 range. Many people are scared to go in what buildings remain and are living in tents.
This is the start of
the monsoon season, which has difficulties of its own. Among other things, monsoon rains cause
landsliding and slopes are now particularly unstable. Existing
landslides may dam water which then releases catastrophically. Landslide dams need to be torn down in
advance to prevent this but that requires resources they do not currently have.
Water and food
supplies are very low. They are
worried in Kathmandu that supplies will run out by end of week. Many areas do not have access to water and some
have resorted to drinking pool water. Disease
outbreak is a very real concern. Foreigners
are unable to get out of the country to alleviate the need for supplies.
Nepal is on the UN
list of poorest countries in the world.
Short term recovery will require a lot of aid, but long term will also. Tourism is a large source of the country’s
income; 3 of the country’s 4 world heritage sites have been destroyed and it looks like this year’s outdoor expeditions will be largely shut down. Many
believe fewer people will visit for outdoor pursuits in the coming years.
Please, please consider donating to a charity
organization if you are able, and if not please signal boost and keep Nepal in