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This was the second biggest earthquake since the 7.8 magnitude earthquake on 25 April, which killed more than 8,000 people.
New Zealand Red Cross has five aid workers in Nepal, who have been accounted for and are safe and well. Ewan Coldicott, an IT and communications aid worker in Kathmandu said he and his Kiwi colleagues hid under desks, while the strong earthquake shook their building for about a minute.
“It was very scary, all you could hear was a lot of screaming. It reminded me of the February 2011 earthquake in Christchurch, but longer. I grabbed a bag of satellite phones and ran outside, as I knew that we would need them and phone lines appear to be down. Our priority was making sure everyone was safe and now we will be getting to work. New cracks have appeared in our building and like most people here, we will be spending tonight in tents outside and will do until hotels and buildings are known to be safe.”
Initial assessments by the Nepal Red Cross Society indicate that hundreds of homes have collapsed, many of which had already been damaged by the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck the country two weeks ago. Regions already struggling to cope with the effects of the earlier earthquake were hit hard.
Martin Faller, head of operations for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) in Asia Pacific, said the combination of rain and aftershocks were making the task of responding to the needs of communities a challenge.
“Today’s earthquake has dealt a double blow to many of the same people who were hit by the 25 April quake. More people will now be in need of emergency shelter but they will also need support dealing with the trauma they have experienced,” he said. “People are very scared.”
In Tatopani itself, the tented emergency hospital established by the Canadian Red Cross continued to provide basic health care while treating injuries caused during today’s earthquake.
Reports also indicate that there has been more damage to areas in the Kathmandu Valley. The Nepal Red Cross Society has mobilised emergency first aid teams in the Valley and team members are providing services to the injured including teams dispatched to Lalitpur and Bhaktapur where ambulances have been mobilised to transport the injured to hospitals.
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Donations may be made by cheque, payable to "New Zealand Red Cross" and posted to New Zealand Red Cross – Supporter Services, PO Box 12140, Thorndon, Wellington 6144. Please include your name and address so we can send you a receipt.
Call 0800 RED CROSS
Text Help to 4741 to make a $3 donation
Direct Bank transfer:
Bank account: 12-3192-0015998-00
Particulars: First name and surname OR initials and surname if there is not enough space OR Organisation name for groups/corporates.Reference: SP122Code: Nepal
For direct bank transfer only: If you would like a receipt, please email firstname.lastname@example.org after making the donation and let us know the date and amount of the donation along with your name and postal address.
Note: sending cash is the best option to help those affected. Donations allow us, where possible, to buy the relief items required in the affected area. This benefits the local economy and allows us to take into account local tastes, traditions and cultures.
You can read more about why we need donations, not goods here.