Drone Captures Devastation of Nepal Earthquake
The above video was shot via drone on Sunday, when the estimated death toll in Nepal was climbing above the 3000 mark.
Things haven't gotten much better over the last few days.
More than 4,600 people dead. Over 9,000 injured. Eight million affected across Nepal. One million children urgently in need of help.
Those are the startling numbers that indicate the scale of the devastation from the huge earthquake that struck the Himalayan nation on Saturday.
And some of the grim figures are likely to get even worse as hopes of rescuing any more survivors diminish every hour.
Relief efforts are continuing, but are being hampered by the difficulties of getting aid into the country, and in turn, delivering it to remote (and, in some cases) unreachable areas.
Large encampments of tents have sprung up in open areas, including a wide space belonging to the military in the center of the city that is typically used for parades. One of the grand gates to the field is now just a pile of rubble.
The elements showed no mercy to the homeless masses on Tuesday as thunderstorms rumbled over Kathmandu -- and more bad weather is forecast for the region in the coming days.
If you'd like to help, these organization are among many trying to provide relief:
The Nepal Red Cross Society is the epicenter of the relief efforts and is a direct way to help the people of Nepal. The organization is providing first aid, search and rescue, blood to medical facilities and support to first responders. Here is its online donation link; please note that their website connectivity is on and off, so you might not be able to get through.
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is prepping resources from its hubs in New Delhi, Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok. The federation is releasing funds from its Disaster Response Emergency Fund to support vital services including food, shelter, water and sanitation. You can aid their efforts by donating here.
ActionAid USA is on the ground working with government ministries and emergency response teams to coordinate needed supplies to earthquake victims. With a minimum donation amount of $5.00 you can support this effort here.
The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) is collecting funds for emerging relief efforts, which will have a critical focus on medical relief and supply delivery to survivors. To support their efforts, donate online here.
AmeriCares has sent its response team to the impact zone and relief workers are preparing shipments of medical aid and relief supplies for survivors. You can help by donating online to their disaster relief fund.
CARE is on the ground and providing temporary shelter, ready-to-eat meals, water purification and latrine construction. You can learn more about their relief plans here or go directly to their donation page to help.
ChildFund International has launched an emergency appeal to provide urgent care and protection for children who've lost homes and loved ones in the earthquake. The organization is responding in the Sindhupalchok district, one of the worst-affected areas.
Concern Worldwide is working to provide those in need in Nepal with emergency supplies for shelter, cooking and hygiene. You can specify which of these supplies you want to help provide, when you make your online donation.
Convoy of Hope has a team with equipment and supplies en route to Nepal. The charity is working with a network of 100 churches and organizations who are ready to respond to those in need. Support their efforts here.
Many others are pitching in as well. For a larger list, click here.