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At approximately 1:00 a.m. (CST) Tuesday morning, a 7.3-magnitude earthquake struck Nepal. It was followed closely by numerous aftershocks, which ranged from magnitude 5.6 to magnitude 6.3.

The epicenter of the quake is located near Mount Everest, nearly 50 miles northeast of Kathmandu. At last report, 76 people have been confirmed dead and nearly 2,000 people are injured. Avalanches have halted rescue attempts in some areas. The situation on the ground is compounded by the damage that occurred just over two weeks ago, when a magnitude-7.8 quake struck.

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More than 8,150 people have been confirmed dead and 17,860 people injured since the first earthquake occurred on April 25.

Our DS team on the ground in Nepal has been contacted and their safety verified. Our team and volunteers were packing food for distribution when the earthquake occurred. Ensuring their safety is of utmost importance so our relief operations are able to continue.

Locals receiving food for their families.

Locals receiving food for their families.

We have served over 88,000 meals to 826 families with the help of 194 volunteers.* As an organization, we’ve made a long-term commitment to having personnel on the ground. That said, we have the people, the expertise and commitment, but we urgently need more resources to help more people in Nepal. Our friends who support us will help provide those resources.

*As of 5/12/15

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