Direct Relief International’s emergency response team has contacted the organization’s partners in India and Nepal to offer assistance in response to the 6.9-magnitude earthquake that struck in the Himalaya today. News reports indicate that the earthquake is causing mudslides on waterlogged hillsides and hindering aid efforts. 71 people have been killed in India, Nepal, and Tibet and search-and-rescue efforts are underway. In addition to injuries sustained from the quake, cold temperatures and heavy rains are the greatest threats to health.
Direct Relief has extensive experience responding to health needs following an earthquake, including major events in Japan, Haiti, and Pakistan. Based on communications from partners, Direct Relief will work to source appropriate, specifically requested materials for healthcare providers treating the injured and displaced.