Direct Relief is mobilizing its Emergency Response Team after a 7.8 magnitude earthquake in Nepal killed more than 1,200 people, with many more feared trapped under rubble. The quake struck an area between the capital, Kathmandu, and the city of Pokhara. The majority of people affected are in the valley around Kathmandu, where medical facilities are overflowing with patients seeking care.
Direct Relief will be coordinating with the following local and emergency response partners in the hours and days ahead, along with corporate and technology companies such as Palantir:
The US Geological Survey recorded at least 12 aftershocks across the region, with additional reports of casualties in India, Bangladesh, and on Mount Everest. The government has declared states of emergency in the affected areas.
Since 2008, Direct Relief has delivered over $1,000,000 worth of medicines and supplies to its charitable healthcare provider partners in Nepal.