Kathmandu, Nepal (CNN) A 7.8 magnitude earthquake centered less than 50 miles from Kathmandu rocked Nepal with devastating force Saturday, toppling homes, temples and historic buildings and leaving at least 1,457 people dead, authorities said.
Afterward, whole streets and squares in the nation’s capital and largest city were covered in rubble. The injured wound up being treated outside hospitals in chaotic scenes. Residents, terrorized by a seemingly endless series of aftershocks, huddled outdoors for safety.
The death toll was reported by Nepal’s Ministry of Home Affairs. But given that the rescue effort is still in its early stages and that people in outlying areas may well have been affected, as well, it seems probable the number will rise.
In neighboring Tibet, roads buckled, buildings collapsed and at least 12 people were killed, China’s state media reported, citing local authorities.
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How to help …
World Vision calls itself a Christian organization that helps bring children out of poverty, and tries to build communities with its relief work. The organization already has a presence in Nepal.
Donate to support World Vision’s relief efforts in Nepal, here.
Oxfam is an international organization dedicated to fighting poverty. It also has a presence in Nepal.
Donate to Oxfam’s relief efforts in Nepal, here.
Samaritan’s Purse describes itself as an evangelical Christian organization that works “in crisis areas of the world.” It has a presence in Nepal.
The organization’s website hasn’t put up a donate page yet, but this page about the earthquakehas a donate box at the bottom, where you can enter a dollar amount.
CARE (Cooperative for Assistance and Relief Everywhere) is a large humanitarian organization, again with a presence in Nepal. Visiting its website will take you to a page where you can donate to CARE’s relief efforts in the country.