How to help victims of the Nepal earthquake
A 7.8 magnitude earthquake rocked Nepal with devastating force Saturday, killing more than 3,800 people and injuring at least 7,000. Many more are unaccounted for as the search for survivors continues. Google has launched a People Finder tool to help victims touch base with friends and loved ones. It allows users to look for victims or post information about people, and it also works by text messaging.
Rescue and recovery efforts are underway. Many charities and NGOs are on the ground providing essential aid and medical assistance. Here are some of the organizations that you can assist.
The Nepal Red Cross Society is the epicenter of the relief efforts and is a direct way to help the people of Nepal. The organization is providing first aid, search and rescue, blood to medical facilities and support to first responders. Here is its online donation link; please note that their website connectivity is on and off, so you might not be able to get through.
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is prepping resources from its hubs in New Delhi, Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok. The federation is releasing funds from its Disaster Response Emergency Fund to support vital services including food, shelter, water and sanitation. You can aid their efforts by donating here.