The horrors of the earthquake in Nepal will be known to most readers by now, with the latest death toll at 3,700 at the time of writing.
The news has hit home more as one of the juniors on our team, Kayla Newhouse, was in Kathmandu on Saturday. She remains there with water and food at the American Club, and is one of the fortunate ones. We have very sporadic telephone and wifi contact with her, and those with loved ones there are urged to keep cellphone contact to a minimum as battery-charging is hard to come by.
The barest reports we have directly received is that the area is ‘like a war zone’, and that only 20 per cent of scheduled flights are still going ahead.
Please consider donating to some of the organizations undertaking relief efforts in Nepal or collecting money for them. Some of the below have been compiled by The New York Times.
Oxfam New Zealand—direct donation page
Oxfam USA—direct donation page
UNICEF New Zealand—direct donation page
UNICEF USA—donation page
United Nations World Food Programme—direct donation page
Save the Children—direct donation page
Médécins sans Frontières—links to donation pages
Doctors Without Borders
American Jewish World Service
The Salvation Army USA
International Medical Corps
Catholic Relief Services
Habitat for Humanity International
The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee
Lutheran World Relief
The Jewish Federations of North America
SOS: Children’s Villages International
Our latest syndicated news report (in Italian, from Euronews) is below.
Jost Kobusch filmed the video below (with understandably strong language) from the Everest Base Camp, when an avalanche hit on Saturday. He and his friend ran for their lives as rock and ice came down the mountain.