Saturday, April 25, 2015

Earthquake strikes Nepal

It is with great sadness that I share with you the news of a powerful earthquake that has struck Kathmandu. As was the case of the natural disaster in Haiti several years ago, many of those impacted by the earthquake had so little to begin with. India's government is assisting the people of Nepal in rescue operations.

This is in Kathmandu.

Additionally, as you might imagine, this is also the beginning of climbing season on Everest. It appears that the earthquake has caused avalanches:

This is an excerpt of a story from Reuters, an international news association.  By, GOPAL SHARMA AND ROSS ADKIN
...An Indian army mountaineering team found 18 bodies on Mount Everest, where an avalanche unleashed by the earthquake swept through the base camp, where more than 1,000 climbers had gathered at the start of the climbing season.
Choti Sherpa, who works at the Everest Summiteers Association, was unable to call her family and colleagues on the mountain. "Everyone is trying to contact each other, but we can't," she said. "We are all very worried."
A second tourism official, Mohan Krishna Sapkota, said it was "hard to even assess what the death toll and the extent of damage" around Everest could be.
"The trekkers are scattered all around the base camp and some had even trekked further up. It is almost impossible to get in touch with anyone."

Some of you may have seen that I hung our prayer flags on the field yesterday. I'd like to think that the positive energy you put into them will be carried on the wind across the miles to those who need it most. Refuah shlemiah.