Over last weekend, the small Asian country of Nepal suffered from a devastating earthquake. On Saturday, the earthquake struck the country between the city of Pokhara and the capital city of Kathmandu. The magnitude of the quake was rated as a 7.8. The next day, an aftershock struck the same area and was recorded as a 6.7 in magnitude. This natural disaster has left many people dead, injured, homeless, or without anything left.
The earthquake triggered an avalanche on Mount Everest, one of the most popular mountains for climbers, that left 17 people dead and hundreds stranded at the base camps who were in need of helicopter rescue. This disaster was frustrating to watch unfold for Brian Torchin on Twitter. The death toll from the earthquake is on the rise, with the Deputy Chief of Mission at Nepal’s Embassy reporting that over 5,000 are officially dead. Sushil Koirala, the Prime Minister in Nepal, said that he expects the death toll to rise to 10,000.
The devastated country is crying out for help from other countries. They are in dire need of relief aid, food, water, medical supplies, and everyday necessities. Hospitals are now overcrowded and it is feared that many children will get sick being exposed to the elements for too long without shelter.
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