Nepalese Earthquake

12 May 2015

A second earthquake hit Nepal yesterday measuring 7.3 on the Richter scale. Tremors were felt across the country and into the East Indian states of Bihar, Jharkand, Sikkim and West Bengal.

Please join us as we continue to pray for all those affected by the earthquake. Not just for the physical rescue and reconstruction but also for peace in the hearts of a traumatised nation who no longer feel safe in their homes.

27 April 2015

As international aid agencies start to arrive in the Kathmandu, the death toll is still rising. It is now known that at least 3,000 people have lost their lives in Nepal with dozens more in neighbouring China, India and Bangladesh.

Infrastructure has been severely damaged and thousands of people are afraid to return to those homes that are still standing, fearing further aftershocks and damage.

Ian Hamilton, CEO of Compassion UK says; “Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected by this tragedy. It is always the poorest who are most vulnerable when natural disasters hit. It is easy for us in the Western world to turn our focus to the Europeans stranded on Mount Everest, but it is crucial that we fix our attention on those who need our help the most – those who had so very little before this earthquake took even that away."

Compassion does not currently work in Nepal, but our friends, Tearfund are already in the country. If you are looking for a way to give to the relief effort, you can donate to their appeal here.

Please join us as we pray for all those affected by the earthquake. Pray too that God will provide strength and wisdom to the many agencies that are battling to rescue those still trapped in rubble and provide supplies to those who have lost everything.

26 April 2015

A powerful earthquake shook Nepal yesterday, near the capital of Kathmandu. As officials begin to evaluate the situation, it is estimated that at least 1,900 people have lost their lives in the disaster.

The earthquake, with a magnitude of 7.8 on the Richter scale, was felt far across the subcontinent with building swaying as far as India, Tibet and Bangladesh.

Seismologists have expected an earthquake in the area, where there is pent up pressure for the grinding of tectonic plates, and there has long been concern about the stability of hastily built high rise buildings built in Kathmandu but actually, in the event it is the older parts of the city that have seen the worst damage.

The Nepalese government immediately instigated a search and rescue operation but they do not have the resources need to cope with the sheer scale of the situation. Much of the country’s infrastructure has been severely damaged making reaching some of the more remote communities near the epicentre incredibly hard to reach.

Please join us as pray for those who have lost their homes and their loved ones, that they will know the presence of God in their darkness. Pray too for those looking to rescue survivors, that God will give them tireless energy as they work to bring hope and life.

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