Tragedy in Nepal
by Vanessa Tang
On April 25, a 7.8 earthquake struck Nepal. Cities were devastated by the enormous earthquake, the largest they have had in about 80 years. Thousands of people lost their homes, villages are completely demolished, and ancient sites have collapsed. The death toll as of May fourth is 7365 people but the number injured is 14,355. The numbers continue to climb as more civilians and tourists are found under the rubble.
After the earthquake occurred, nations across the globe sent help to try and provide for the survivors. According the the UN, more than 3 million people need help for food and, “nearly half of those need it immediately.” In order to provide people with their much needed food and water, $415 million needs to be funded; but only $22 million dollars have been pledged to help so far. Those who needed the most help do not receive it because they are in isolated villages, far from Kathmandu, where the humanitarian efforts are centered.
Survivors in isolated villages are suffering from a lack of supplies. UN officials have a fear of disease spreading, largely because of the severe shortage of water. Villagers plead for help but they don’t receive anything from passing trucks, which are transporting aids to larger cities. Others are unreachable by aid worker. According to the UN OCHA, three million people are still in need of food aid and 24,000 people are living in their makeshift tents. It’s an issue that must be addressed quickly in order to provide the Nepalese relief from the aftermath of this disaster.
Tustin High’s ASB program is trying to help provide aid for Nepal’s citizens through a fundraiser. They want to make sure that each dollar donated will provide one family a meal for one day. As an incentive to donate, the first period class that has raised to most funds will win an ice cream/rootbeer float party! The fundraiser will continue through Friday, May 15th so Tillers, make sure you donate as much as you can to provide food for the families in Nepal. Thank you!