Dr.Avnish Jolly, Canada, Sunday, April 26, 2015 : The death toll has risen to around 3800 as aftershocks continued to ripple through the area Sunday during search and rescue efforts. Many are still unaccounted for.
Around 1000 Nepali people living in Winnipeg have family and friends impacted by the earthquake. They came together and started raising money to send back home as part of the disaster relief efforts. The Nepali Cultural Society of Manitoba group has already raised about $5,000 and believes any amount will help.
According to The Nepali Cultural Society of Manitoba so far, none of its members have lost anyone in Nepal and anyone interested in helping out can drop off donations at TD Canada Trust locations in Winnipeg.
Deaths and injuries
· 3,800 total as of Monday morning, the vast majority in Nepal. More than 6,500 injured
· 18 confirmed dead in an avalanche on Mount Everest
· 61 killed in India
· 20 killed in Tibet
· Thousands of homes have been damaged or destroyed
· Some villages report 70 per cent of structures destroyed.
· Widespread scenes of devastation in the capital, Kathmandu.
· Thousands have been forced to spend a second night outside or in camps.
· Major temples and cultural monuments have been levelled, including Kathmandu’s nine-storey Dharahara Tower, which has been reduced to rubble.
Canadians in Nepal
· Foreign Affairs reports 388 Canadians known to be in the country, although the number could be higher as registration is voluntary.
· At least 25 are sheltering on the grounds of the Canadian Consulate.
· Paul Hyrnko, a Winnipeg climber, told CBC that two members of his alpine club were on the mountain when the avalanche hit.
· Emilie-Anne Leroux, a Montrealer stranded in Nepal, says the airport was thronged with foreigners attempting to leave the country, and she was told she would have to wait until May 2 for a flight.
· Canada has pledged $5 million in aid, and plans to send a DART team.
· If any Canadians require emergency consular assistance they can contact the Consulate of Canada in Kathmandu at +977 (1) 444-1976.
How you can help
· UNICEF Canada is asking for donations to help those affected in Nepal. “An earthquake of this size can be deadly, toppling buildings and destroying roads and infrastructure,” President and CEO David Morley said in a statement. “We are keeping our promise to Nepal’s children to always be there for them—in this emergency and every day.”