Please send some good thoughts and prayers for those affected by these two natural disasters.
Many of our great Hubber friends are in India, which has been affected by a powerful earthquake that hit nearby Katmandu a bit earlier today.
Meanwhile, there's a volcanic eruption in Chili, affecting many in that area.
I just Googled the news to read about the disasters, Marcy. Very sad news. I will be sending "good thoughts and prayers" with all the others who are affected by this worldwide grief.
Thank you for this, Marcy. My thoughts and prayer go out as well.
Thank you Marcy, for starting this thread and thanks to all fellow hubbers for sending their prayers to those affected by this massive--massive Earthquake.
Marcy is right, some parts of India has been badly affected. Those states which are located adjacent to the Himalayan ranges, for example Bihar, U. P., Uttaranchal, North Eastern states etc More than 70 + deaths have been reported in those areas so far. We at New Delhi have felt tremors both on Saturday and Sunday. But nothing as close to the vast devastation and destruction to life and property as it has happened in Nepal. Everywhere there can be seen only ruins and helpless people crying and searching for their loved ones.
The CCTV footage of the Earthquake when it happened is frightening and beyond imagination. It only confirms the vulnerability of human beings in front of Nature's fury.
The Government of India, Indian Armed Forces, The National Disaster Relief Management teams were very quick to send their teams for help and they have rescued and evacuated thousands of people and saved their lives. You can get all the details via Internet News.
But the aftershocks continue and people are forced to live in the open, in fear, in trauma.
Vinaya must be fine by God's grace. But electricity, water, communication services have suffered and it will take long--long time to rehabilitate people.
We may be living in different countries but share at least one thing--that is 'Our Earth.'
Let us all pray for our fellow 'Human Beings'!
Staff are sending our best wishes as well. Our hearts go out to the victims and their loved ones.
praying hard for survivors to hold on , Amen
An 18-year-old man buried for six days under the rubble of a collapsed 9-story apartment building has been rescued by a U.S. aid team in Kathmandu, Nepal. He was taken to the Israel field hospital for treatment. It is unlikely that more survivors will be found under the debris after so many days. Rescues are still underway to bring the thousands of wounded in outlying areas to medical treatment.
Thanks for posting that uplifting piece of news. I agree - it's doubtful there will be other miracle survivors, but I am so happy they found that young man. Those discoveries are what lets the exhausted rescue workers know their efforts haven't been in vain.
Just a very important FYI that the country is called Chile with an "e" at the end and not Chili with an "i". Chili with an "i" is a spice and also a popular thick stew from Mexico and the American southwest. Also concerning is that many people posting in this thread also misspelled the name of the country as "Chili". Just in case anything happens in the following countries in the near future, the correct spellings are: Hungary not Hungry; and Greece not Grease. Turkey the country is spelled the same as the fowl, so no worries there.
Nepal was at the epicenter and suffered the most destruction. Nepal is not a part of India.
Indeed very sad news. The death toll is increasing as the hours are passing. Prayers.
A very sad situation indeed. My heart and thoughts are with those who are suffering. What a terrible tragedy.
The earthquake was a powerful one indeed. Hope those in Nepal and adjacent areas get through it.
What? I have been out the loop. I saw Kathmandu and nearly fainted, my nephew and his wife live there. Then I remembered they are home for little brothers graduation. Will certainly keep that area in my prayers.
Love and light to all of our friends in India and Chili. I also send Reike healing.
Sending healing thoughts, prayers, love and light to our friends in these stricken areas.
Thank you, Marcy, for doing this.
Sending many blessings to those who have been affected by these tragic events.
At least 1,457 people are known to have died in the quake. Search and rescue teams have already arrived in Nepal from India and Israel. Israel will send an emergency hospital and medical personnel in another flight today.
The Israeli embassy in Kathmandu opened a situation room and the synagogue in Kathmandu is providing stranded tourists with satellite phones. Google India launched a Person Finder website to work as a clearinghouse for information on those who are missing and those who have been found.
Rescue efforts are difficult due to the airport shut down in Kathmandu and lack of electricity in the region.
American disaster response teams and teams from Pakistan will be sent shortly.
I hope our friend Vinaya Ghimire who writes here is fine. Would be great to hear from him letting us know he's fine. Thoughts and prayers to all those affected by this tragedy.
I was thinking of Vinaya Ghimire as well. Don't know any other hubbers based in Nepal. He and his family are fine. I know this because he posted on his FB timeline 3 hrs back. Sending thoughts and prayers to all those affected by the tragedy.
I saw his post on FB, and am relieved he and his family are OK. I watched a video from CNN and it is just horrible. So many of the ancient temples are ruined, too.
Anamika, thank you so much for letting us know our friend Vinaya and his family are okay.
Marcy, I fully agree with your sentiments but Nepal is Nepal, not India. It's a bit like calling Canada "America."
66 people died from the quake in India. The quake shook the entire region. Others are reported dead in Pakistan, Bangladesh, Tibet and in China.
I'm aware of the geography there. I said India was near the quake, not the site of it. The very earliest reports mentioned that India has been affected.
As Writer Fox mentioned, we already know there are losses in India. I don't know how many are on this site from the other countries impacted by the earthquake, but I do know we have a solid and respected group of writers here who live in India.
My thoughts are with those in all areas that were damaged. Many people will have trouble getting food and water for quite a while.
Just an awful tragedy hitting people who are already suffering. Nature can be cruel but I wish those people the best and pray they'll find hope and help. Disasters like that always make me take at look at our lives and how good we really have it. Even if we're having a very "bad" day there are people who are not only having bad days but are living a life in meager surroundings. I'm fortunate to be where I am because not everyone's that lucky.
An awful situation, I've already heard from the people I know over there at the moment and thankfully they are okay despite not having power!
Hopefully many people will be saved over the next day or two, a critical time.
It is heart breaking to see the statistics rise in this disaster that so many are enduring. Even the after quake was of a magnitude to be considered extremely large and destructive. My heart goes out to those affected by this tragedy.
Israel sent two Boeing 747s loaded with 95 tons of supplies, a field hospital with strong capabilities in intensive care, ultrasound imaging and x-rays, a maternity delivery room, emergency operating rooms, as well as transferring medical knowledge that will enable computerized identification of the patients, 40 doctors, 80 other medical staff, and 60 members of a search and rescue team. This is the second wave of aid sent by Israel. The first flights landed search and rescue teams and logistics experts to plan the medical aid flights. These planes have already returned to Israel carrying 100 stranded Israelis and newborn babies needing medical attention.
Aid flights have been hampered by damage to the single runway at the Kathmandu airport and a backup of several hours in disembarking the planes which have landed. The death toll has reached 3,600 with more than 5,000 known wounded.
I was in The Netherlands the whole weekend and have not seen the news in the tv though I heard it in the car radio while going home to Germany. That is indeed a bad news. My good hope and prayer to the people of India and Chili. God be with them. I have to check the news after hubbing.
Thanks Marcy,sincere prayers are what the suffering people needed the most. India's nearest neighbour Nepal has been hit with a massive destructive earthquake. With each going hour death toll has been rising up and so is the suffering of the wounded and now almost homeless people!!! Quick and much needed response from Indian Government by sending NDRF teams and tons of basic supplies has been proven a God send!!
To add to poor people's misery it has been raining there since yesterday and people are sleeping in open in fear of more aftershocks.Many heritage sites have been demolished completely.Once again it has.bee
Sorry for the incomplete post earlier. Once again it has been proven that no fury like nature's fury!! And we humans are nothing in front of nature's strength! All and all we can pray and hope for the quickest restoration of basic needs and rehabilitation of people .
Thank you to everyone for their wishes and concern. I am from Kathmandu, and I was also wondering about Vinaya. Glad he's safe.
Almost everyone I know including friends and relatives are fine. We are living in an open ground near our houses (a small camp of neighbors), as the aftershocks were equally devastating with the strongest at 6.9 Richter 25 hours after the major 7.9 quake.
Food and water is still available in our area. No relief/food from the government yet, although there are far less fortunate people in dire need of food and water in other parts of the capital.
We haven't felt any shock for over 12 hours now, and people are slowly going to their houses with caution. We got electricity just today, and internet a few hours ago. Heard that there are places and villages where no one has been able to make any contact with. Over 3000 people are feared dead in one neighboring district only.
I'm so glad you are safe! The latest report is that 4,000 have died and thousands more are missing. It's difficult for rescue workers to reach the outlying areas which were hit the hardest. Many countries are sending aid. Has it stopped raining?
Stay safe, and know that you're in our thoughts. I'm glad we are getting news of how our friends are doing, and even more glad that everyone seems to be unharmed, and hanging in there at this point (even if there's no electricity and a need for more food and water).
Good to hear from one of our Hubbers in the earthquake zone, @neosurk.
I hope relief will reach you and everyone as soon as possible.
neosurk, thank you so much for letting us know you are ok. Sending many prayers to you, your loved ones and community. May God bless you all and keep you safe.
Glad to hear at least some good news!!! God bless everyone there!!
Here's how you can help the earthquake victims:
http://fox8.com/2015/04/25/how-you-can- … eartquake/
Thanks for posting that, Writer Fox!
Thanks, also, for posting the many things Israel is doing to help victims. I seem to recall they're often one of the countries at the forefront of such efforts. The United States has deployed some help, too, but I don't know the details. I don't think we got things together as quickly as some other countries did, though.
India was the first to get there due to close proximity, but Israel is helping a lot too. US is supposed to have sent a team, haven't seen any news about that though.
The death toll now stands at 5,057 but experts warn that it could reach as high as 10,000. So far, 11,000 people are known to have been injured. The U.N. says that more than 1.4 million people need food assistance in Nepal.
An Israeli travel insurance company rented helicopters from India and China to send its pilots on search and rescue missions to locate trapped Israeli hikers near Langtang National Park in the Himalayas and in the Everest area near the Tibetan border. So far, 14 Israeli hikers have been rescued – one with serious head wounds – and 50 are still missing. These helicopter rescues are extremely dangerous due to continuing rockslides and crowds of locals storming the aircraft, wanting to be rescued also. Roads to these remote regions are impassable and many villages have been decimated. The Nepal Air Force has loaned an additional helicopter to Israeli pilots to continue rescue efforts.
The Israeli field hospital set up in Kathmandu (next to the Nepal army hospital) is almost fully operational. Here is a picture of what it will look like (from the one Israel established in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, after the earthquake in 2010).
The Israeli mission saved 1,111 lives in Haiti and delivered 16 babies. To understand the Israeli operation, see this:
To understand the Israeli mindset behind these efforts, watch this in its entirety:
Two more large aid flights from Israel will land in Nepal today. Aid has also been sent from Australia, Bhutan, Canada, China, European Union, France, India, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Norway, Pakistan, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates and the United States. It's a shame that so many wealthy countries are absent from this list.
Nepal is a poor country and a new democracy (since 2008) and is not in a position to deal with this human tragedy alone. Nepal only has 12 operational helicopters in the entire country.
Update: Only four Israeli hikers are now unaccounted for. The field hospital is now operational and is treating those wounded in Nepal.
Fox, words cannot fully express all that this video tells us and how it gives hope to the world. Thank you for sharing this.
Ted Med is doing a remarkable job.
The death toll in Nepal is now above 5,500. India reports 72 deaths and China reports 25.
The Israeli field hospital was operational on Wednesday morning and treated 100 injured (30 were treated for dehydration) and delivered one baby in the first five hours. The Israelis brought powered plasma, an Israeli invention that allows indefinite stockpiles of blood that would otherwise perish in areas lacking in refrigeration. http://www.timesofisrael.com/idf-field- … on-1st-day
Pakistan set up a 30-bed mobile hospital in Kathmandu and Canada is sending one which is expected to arrive on Thursday. Local hospitals in Nepal are overwhelmed. A 300-bed hospital in Dhulikhel, southeast of Katmandu, has over 800 patients and has run out of tents to house them all. A spokesman stated that gauze, medicine and operating instruments were in short supply.
As the rainy season has begun and so many are without shelter, the government of Nepal says it needs over 500,000 tents. Shipments are expected from India and Thailand. Pakistan says it will send 100,000.
Rescue efforts are still underway, but time is running out for those stranded without food, water, shelter and medical care. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-32522398
The situation is getting worse for earthquake survivors. Over 1,000 have been treated for drinking contaminated water. Not enough aid is reaching the country and sometimes the wrong supplies are sent. Even sending food is problematic because many people don't have cooking utensils or a place to cook food. Israel just purchased another 10 tons of supplies in India, which will be transported to Nepal by the Indian Air Force.
The Israel Foreign Ministry today announced that it is adopting a mountain village in Nepal which was destroyed in the earthquake. "The work Israel plans to execute on the yet undetermined village will include clearing away the debris, building infrastructure and houses, and making sure residents have access to drinking water."
Israel rebuilt villages after the earthquakes in Adapazari, Turkey, in 1999 and Van, Turkey, in 2012. If every country and every large city in the world would do this, it would go a long way toward relieving the suffering of the people and helping them rebuild their lives. About 70,000 houses were destroyed throughout Nepal.
For more information on how you can coordinate the adoption of a village by your country or city, contact the Israel embassy in your area or the Israel Foreign Ministry: http://mfa.gov.il/MFA/Pages/ContactUs.aspx
Someone at one of those places will walk you through the process and help establish contact with the relevant government authorities in Nepal.
Thank you to everyone again. Yes, the news reports say that over 4,500 have died in the region with more than 1200 in the epicenter district Gorkha.
We are very much fortunate that most of our basic needs are now available in the part of capital we live in. My heart goes out to the villages trapped in remote areas that are now ghost villages.Artificial inflation is on the rise, and thieves are getting more encouraged. Not even one political leader has come out of his/her way to take charge. Millions of dollars have been donated by several countries, but many are dying without water just 1 mile away from where we live in. There is currently water situation in our neighborhood and drinking water may last just until tomorrow if the government does nothing by then.
My honest appeal to those who want to donate: Don't send money directly to Nepal!
Instead, please research on a very reliable NGO/charity organization that knows what they are going to do with the money - we need tents, food, and clean drinking water than anything else. Please don't let your money go waste. I have also read some articles recently that if you don't have a unique skill (like doctor, nurse or a firefighter), volunteering may not be for you. Instead of feeling guilty that you can't donate money, go on and sell things you don't need in exchange for money for a reliable charity.
And if you are someone with a powerful social/political influence, please pressure our government to shift their focus out of Kathmandu valley too. There are dozens of villages that are without contact since Saturday's quake.
It rained for 2 hours Sunday night, and 2 hours just today. The weather was good during other times. I heard it rained continuously in western Nepal for all day Sunday.
We have been witnessing a lot of C-17s take off and land which are from the US. Thank god for them. And yes, Israel was one of the first and probably the most active in this quake. We probably also received support from Poland too. Our neighbors China and India, Bhutan and Pakistan are also helping us.
Thank you to all the hubbers for keeping us in your prayers. I pray this never happens to even our worst enemy.
For water, go to the Chabad House on Chaksibari Marg.
Ask for help from Chani. Tell her " B'ezrat Hashem. Ani rotzeh mime."
I am happy some countries are now getting involved though no amount of help can be compared with human lives.
Samaritan's Purse is a reputable organization to donate money to.
Here we can help with donations that will be used for Nepal earthquake response. - http://www.samaritanspurse.org/donation … -response/
I use to do charity assessment work. I trust Samaritan's Purse.
"Save the Children has worked in Nepal since 1976 and have extensive programs throughout the country."
You can donate here: http://bit.ly/1zJK58T
I trust the Save The Children Federation.
There is a video interview with Save the Children operating in Nepal on this news website:
http://news.yahoo.com/nepal-troops-read … 57809.html
Thank you @colorfulone and @WriterFox for keeping everyone updated and about the charities.
With so much information coming at once, your advice will be helpful. I will keep us updated whenever I can. The Nepalese social media is boiling up because the rescue work outside of Kathmandu is not good. Also, we are all fearing that the millions of dollars of donations might end up in corrupts' pockets.
The Better Business Bureau has a list of trusted charities to donate to, to help the earthquake victims in Nepal.
http://www.bbb.org/council/news-events/ … tion-tips/
@neosurk --- Please, update us when you can. I hope the much-needed water and other supplies are getting to the people by today.
Such sad news regarding the devastation and loss of lives. Keeping everyone in my prayers. Vinaya was the first person I thought of when the earthquake happened in that part of the world and I am so happy to know that he and his family members are safe. So many are not as fortunate. I hope and pray that the governments and many charities that are reaching out (with the help of donations) will end up in the right hands truly helping those who survived these tragedies. We are all at the mercy of Mother Nature at times and it is so nice to know that much of the world often rallies to help those in need.
A news story about little Sonit, a 4-month-old boy who was trapped for 20 hours after the earthquake, was rescued from the rubble.
http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/his … nsnewsap11
Here's a heart-warming picture of the rescued baby, all cleaned up and back in his mother's arms:
http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news … ng-5607830
There were two more miracles today. A 24-year-old woman was pulled from the rubble of a collapsed hotel. People from an Israeli NGO (IsraAID) worked alongside Nepali soldiers and teams from France and Norway for 10 hours to rescue the woman. She's being treated now at the Israel field hospital.
Another miracle occurred with the rescue of a 15-year-old boy by U.S. and Nepalese rescuers. The boy had been buried under rubble for 120 hours. He is in the Israel field hospital and, amazingly, has no major injuries.
To date 5,858 have been reported killed and 13,800 are injured.
In the mountain villages 70 – 80% of all buildings have been damaged.
Nice to see Sonit all smiles in mommies arms.
That is amazing about the 15-year-old boy and the 24-year-old woman.
Miracles do happen!
Meanwhile, Chile's volcano erupted for the third time. No injuries, but 2,500 have been evacuated.
We live on an active planet.
More miracles: A 101-year-old-man was pulled from under the rubble of his house on Saturday, seven days after the quake. He's being treated and is doing well.
On Sunday, three women were found alive under rubble in Sindupalchowk.
The death toll is now 7,250 and the number of known injured is 14,122. Thousands are still missing.
Another earthquake hit Nepal near Mt. Everest. This one was a 7.3 magnitude quake. So far, 48 have died in Nepal, 17 in India, and one in Tibet.
The death toll from the April 25 quake is more than 8,000 and more than 18,000 were injured.
I hope our Hubbers are safe.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article … quake.html
I hope so, too, Writer Fox. The unfortunate people in that country have had enough heartache already. I was so saddened to hear about the second quake.
Safe, as of yet. We had never seen that aftershock coming.
It's good to hear from you! The Israeli team that set up the field hospital left Nepal just a few hours before this second quake. However, they left the entire field hospital as a gift to the people of Nepal. The medical staff will return if they are needed. Please keep us informed about the events on the ground in Nepal.
Good to know you are still safe. Thank you.
Thanks for posting the news update on yesterday's second quake - I was out much of the day and was so concerned to hear the area had been hit again.
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