A catastrophic 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal Saturday, killing hundreds of people and destroying numerous houses and buildings.
More than 1,000 people are known to have died, and the death toll is expected to rise as officials dig through the rubble.
The quake struck an area between the capital, Kathmandu, and the city of Pokhara, the US Geological Survey said. Tremors were felt across the region, with further loss of life in India, Bangladesh and on Mount Everest.
Samaritan’s Purse ministry partners are in Nepal, assessing the damage. An Incident Management Team at our international headquarters in North Carolina is gathering information on the extent of the damage and formulating a response.
We will be deploying a disaster response team and expect to be helping victims with emergency shelter, water, and hygiene kits. Please pray for our team on the ground as they bring hope and supplies to those affected.
One of our partner churches in Nepal were holding a church service when the earthquake hit. After they felt the quake, they led the people outside and had a one hour worship service after the earthquake, praising God for the safety of their church members. “We are thankful for God that we built a building to withstand a 7.9 earthquake. We are serving our community. We are opening our doors for the community to come in.”
The earthquake collapsed houses, leveled centuries-old temples and triggered avalanches in the Himalayas. It was the worst temblor to hit the poor South Asian nation in over 80 years.
The quake struck before noon time and was most severely felt in the capital as well as the densely populated Kathmandu Valley. A magnitude-6.6 aftershock hit about an hour later, and smaller aftershocks continued to ripple through the region for hours.
Please pray for everyone affected by the earthquake, for those who have lost loved ones, and for families whose homes have been destroyed. Pray that God will grant wisdom as Samaritan’s Purse determines how to respond, and that our work will convey the love of Christ.