CONEJO COMPASSION COALITION NEPAL RELIEF DRIVE

The Conejo Compassion Coalition has begun a campaign to raise relief and development funds for Nepal. 

7.8 MAGNITUDE QUAKE HITS NEPAL

A powerful earthquake shook Nepal on Saturday April 25, 2015 near its capital, Katmandu, killing nearly 6,000 people and injuring more than twice that many. The quake flattened sections of the city’s historic center, and trapped dozens of sightseers in a 200-foot watchtower that came crashing down into a pile of bricks. The devastation was not confined to the area surrounding Katmandu, it set off avalanches around Mount Everest, where at least 17 climbers died and at least 72 deaths occurred in northern India.

Nepal is one of Asia's poorest countries, and has little ability to fund a major reconstruction effort on its own. This is a very catastrophic event in a very poor nation. The cost of reconstruction over the next few years will be massive. Rebuilding costs could easily exceed USD $5 billion, which would be about 20 percent of Nepal's gross domestic product. Massive international disaster relief and rescue efforts will be needed urgently, as well as large-scale international financial and technical assistance for long-term reconstruction of the economy.

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