Deadly Earthquake strikes Nepal

A catastrophic 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal Saturday, killing thousands and destroying numerous houses and buildings.

More than 2,200 people are known to have died, and the death toll is expected to rise as officials dig through the rubble.

The quake struck an area between the capital, Kathmandu, and the city of Pokhara, the US Geological Survey said. Tremors were felt across the region, with further loss of life in India, Bangladesh and on Mount Everest.

Survivors will be living out in the open due to the danger of damaged buildings falling with the aftershocks of the earthquake. Food, safe drinking water, shelter, and medical care will be in short supply.

You can donate to help these people through Samaritans’ Purse here.


Disaster relief

Aid is arriving in the Philippines, both from national and international government groups, and from private groups like Samaritan’s Purse.

Aid distribution has been hampered by obstructed and washed out roads, and by scarcity of fuel. Hundreds of thousands are living without food, potable water, and shelter in the ravaged city of Tacloban in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan. The aircraft carrier USS George Washington and support ships from the US Navy have arrived in the Philippine Sea, and supplies are being ferried by helicopter. The Tacloban airport is now able to handle more traffic, but getting supplies to those in need is still hampered by logistic hurdles.



More on the Philippines

Christians are responding to the disaster in the Philippines caused by Typhoon Haiyan.

Here is one way you can help.


UPDATE: Typhoon Haiyan hit the coast of Viet Nam as a tropical storm, and while there is considerable property damage, there are no deaths reported (I cannot believe I am linking to Al Jazeera, but that was the most recent report).