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Nepal's Earthquake Survivors Wondering When Relief Will Come

May 08, 2015

Native Christian ministries in Nepal are rushing to fill the gap as promised aid from outside sources fails to reach those most devastated by the recent earthquake.

The United Nations today lamented receiving only $22 million of the $415 million it sought for earthquake aid in Nepal, while indigenous Christian ministries are distributing critical relief items to people who say they feel abandoned.

"Relief has been taken to Gongabu, Balaju, Bhaktapur, Kapan and Sundhara, but most of people who live in the open air said that they haven't got any tents, food, water and medical assistance," said the director of a Nepalese ministry assisted by Christian Aid Mission, adding that there is no sign of any outside relief organization and that people are angry. "There is a great need of tents, food, water and medicines. Some people are sick and afraid of flu and other epidemic."

Ministries are racing to provide shelter for 2 million people left homeless by the 7.8 earthquake on April 25 before the monsoon season arrives within the next month. Many of the affected villages are accessible only by foot.

"In Dharmasthali, 13 people lost their lives and about 200 houses – 98 percent of the total – were damaged, and people are staying outside with tents," the director said. "People lost their family members and are traumatized. They need tents, water, medicines and food."

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