Nepal earthquake wreaks devastation across nation



The deadliest natural disaster for more than 80 years happened in Nepal on April 25. The 7.8 magnitude earthquake killed more than 7,500 people and injured at least 10,000. The earthquake affected eight million across Nepal and one million children needed vital help.

“I count on the generosity of the international community in Nepal’s hour of need and the longer term rebuilding efforts that will be needed,” Ban Ki-moon, U.N. Secretary-General said at an event in Paris.

The earthquake triggered deadly avalanches on Mount Everest. The avalanche killed 18 people, including four American citizens, according to CNN. Stranded climbers have been evacuated from base camps. As a result, the climbing season is over for 2015 and China cancelled all future mountain climbs.

According to BBC News, the United Nations gave $415 million to help with relief efforts. More than 15 countries and agencies promised help in Nepal’s rebuilding.

Ki-moon said, “The United Nations is supporting international operations for search and rescue and strengthening relief efforts.”

In Kathmandu, riot police subdued protestors who were angry at the lack of transportation out of the city and failure to give aid. Thousands waited for buses to take them into safer areas.

“We’ve been left starving in the cold and the best this government can give us is this queue,” one Kathmandu resident said as she waited for a bus to her home village.

Officials admitted the scale of the earthquake overwhelmed them, especially since it occurred in one of Asia’s poorest countries.

“The government is trying its best to deliver the relief materials,” Rameshwor Dangal, Natural Disaster Management Chief told BBC. “The problem is the level of disaster is very high and it’s spread over more than 20 districts.”