The Salvation Army is responding after a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal early on Saturday morning (April 25), devastating the capital region of Kathmandu. Early reports suggest that more than 3,400 people have died and communities and businesses have been destroyed. This is the worst earthquake to hit the area since 1934, when a reported 10,000 people lost their lives following an 8.2 magnitude quake.
Nepal is a country that has faced high unemployment, poverty and hunger for many years. In response to this weekend’s tragedy, The Salvation Army’s international leader, General André Cox, is calling on Salvation Army territories, commands and regions, as well as individual Salvationists and friends of The Salvation Army, to support the organisation’s #NepalEarthquake appeal by making financial contributions to support the relief effort underway in Nepal.
“On 26 April 2009, the work officially opened in Nepal. The Salvation Army is present, we are known, and we have a responsibility to step up and support the relief and rebuilding efforts, and I am inviting Salvation Army leaders around the world to support this appeal,” said General Cox.
The disaster has also impacted the only local Salvation Army officers in the area as their house was destroyed in the earthquake and they are now living out in the open, like so many other survivors.
In his Sunday devotional posted on Facebook, the Army’s international leader also called on Salvationists to pray for the Nepalese people: “Please pray for peace and comfort for those who mourn. Pray for the injured that they might be healed. Pray for the first responders and hospital workers who are working in difficult and dangerous circumstances.”
The Salvation Army's disaster response efforts are being coordinated by the India Eastern Territory and the territorial commander, Commissioner Lalngaihawmi, is also requesting support from territories around the world. Damaris Frick, a member of the International Headquarters (IHQ) International Emergency Services team, is en route to Nepal to support local officials and to assess how best The Salvation Army can respond in partnership with other agencies already on the ground.
Please visit here to make a donation in support of The Salvation Army’s #NepalEarthquake appeal.