Nepal Hit with Second Deadly Earthquake in Two Weeks
MARKHAM, ON (May 12, 2015) – Early this morning, a 7.3 magnitude earthquake shook Nepal, only two weeks after a 7.8 magnitude earthquake took the lives of over 8,000 people. Christian Children’s Fund of Canada (CCFC) is on the ground responding to the urgent needs of those in Nepal.
“People here are traumatized,” says Dr. Phil Tanner, Director of International Programs for CCFC, who has been in Nepal working to respond to the needs of children and families since May 5, 2015. “The second earthquake has made adults and children afraid to enter their homes – or any buildings for that matter. School buildings that once had only minor damage are no longer usable, and people are still being removed from the rubble.”
CCFC is working in Sindhupalchok, one of Nepal’s worst hit districts. Together with its partners, CCFC was the first organization to distribute urgently needed food supplies to over 3,000 households in the region. The second earthquake and its subsequent aftershocks have also devastated Nepal’s Remechhap district, another region where CCFC’s partners work.
“Help is urgently needed,” continues Dr. Tanner. “The second earthquake has triggered landslides on the mountainside and many roadways are completely blocked. No truck convoys can get through and supplies are running low, especially in the most remote mountain villages.”
CCFC and its partners are rapidly assessing the impact of the damage following today’s earthquake, and will continue to respond accordingly.
To help respond to the critical needs in Nepal, CCFC is urging Canadians to donate at ccfcanada.ca/Nepal or by calling 1-800-263-5437.
Media interviews with Dr. Tanner are available. To schedule an interview, please contact:
Bonar Bell, Communications Manager, CCFC
About Christian Children’s Fund of Canada
Christian Children’s Fund of Canada is a member of ChildFund Alliance, a worldwide group of 12 child-focused development organizations working in 58 countries to implement long-lasting and meaningful changes for children and families. For more than 50 years, CCFC has been helping children and families of all faiths move from poverty to self-reliance.
Dr. Phil Tanner, as CCFC responds to the urgent needs in Nepal