NEPAL – We pressed even farther from Kathmandu, 3.5 hours on often difficult roads covered in cracks and landslide debris. We reached a village in a deep valley where there was almost 95% destruction to the homes and several people had been killed.
These farmers and fishermen have lost everything and Operation Blessing was the first agency to reach them. You could throw a dart at a map of Nepal and pretty much find a destroyed village in that region, there are so many communities like this it will take weeks for them all to be reached.
NEPAL – Yesterday, we went on a mission two hours to the west of Kathmandu to a remote mountain community for a food distribution held in a small church made of mud. We handed out rice and lentils to representatives from families in the region. These are families who lost their homes in the quake and are now living in tents.
NEPAL – This beautiful little girl is Bihani, she’s 2.5 years old and completely adorable. Her face is covered in scrapes and bruises from injuries she sustained in the earthquake.
Her house was completely destroyed and she was trapped inside, pinned under a mound of bricks and debris. Fortunately she was rescued quickly, but her story is one of extreme tragedy—her mother was killed next to her in the hallway, just steps away from the door.
NEPAL – Once you leave the city of Kathmandu, you can find countless villages with massive destruction like the villages we served yesterday that had not yet received any assistance.
The mud brick construction of these homes was no match for the quake and most residents are now living in temporary shelters with limited access to food, safe water and proper hygiene and sanitation. Most are subsistence farmers who lost their food stores in the rubble. From a distance some villages look fairly intact with buildings still standing, but almost every home I saw had at least one collapsed wall.
NEPAL – Today we installed two community water stations in rural communities about 45 minutes outside of Kathmandu.
These communities have sustained about 75 percent destruction of homes, and most residents are living in temporary shelters. Local technicians were given training on how to use our H2gO handheld chlorine units. They will be ensuring that these community water stations are a safe central source of clean water with regular disinfection.
OBI’s David Darg, vice president of international operations, is on the ground in Nepal after the recent 7.8-magnitude earthquake.
NEPAL – People are sleeping on the streets and in makeshift tents at night, with so many frequent aftershocks most residents are too scared to reenter their homes—many no longer have a home.
In one spot, I saw a mother holding her infant, rubbing his feet to keep them warm. We would come across rescue teams searching for survivors in collapsed buildings, they would yell out and wait to hear cries for help but it was difficult over the barks and wailing of packs of street dogs. So many of Kathmandu’s historic buildings and monuments have fallen, their bricks and timber spilled out into the streets.
NEPAL – Devastated families are in desperate need of help in the wake of the 7.8-magnitude earthquake in Nepal.
Survivors of the deadly quake are taking refuge in tent cities, either homeless or too terrified sleep indoors. But temperatures drop dangerously low at night and basic necessities like clean water and food are scarce.
CHILE – After back-to-back volcanic eruptions in Chile spewed ash and forced the evacuation of families near the base of the Calbuco volcano, Operation Blessing is on the ground, working in the hard-hit town of Ensenada in coordination with a partner organization.
NEPAL – After a 7.8-magnitude earthquake caused massive damage in Kathmandu, Nepal, Operation Blessing is coordinating emergency relief efforts with our partner on the ground, Nepali Rescue Project, and additional OBI staff are en route to Nepal.
A message from Operation Blessing president Bill Horan:
Each week, millions of viewers watch a myriad of “reality” TV shows. Imagine a new series called “The Least of These,” where the contestants are children born into poverty, with the finalists being those who have survived the most horrible conditions. If such a show ever aired, the winner would likely be someone like Mika, the little Haitian girl whose picture is on the cover of April’s issue of Blessings magazine.