On April 25 an earthquake measuring 7.9 has devastated many regions of Nepal. It was the worst earthquake that has struck the country since 1934. Seven days after the temblor, the number of people buried in the rubble rises to 6,000. Many more are injured. Tens of thousands are homeless. Aftershocks are still experienced albeit with less intensity.
The remote Tsum Valley is situated in Nepal's northern Gorkha district on the border with Tibet. It lies only a two days walk north of the epicenter. It is thus among the most severely affected mountainous regions.
The scale of destruction is beyond imagination. The people have lost almost everything. Their houses are collapsed. Foodstuff and cooking utensils are gone. Animals, an important source for agriculture and subsistence farming, have died.
Members of the local Tsum community put up plastic sheets to protect themselves against the harsh weather of the Himalaya. They sleep outdoors under the open sky. At an altitude between 2400m and 3400m people still expect snowfall at this time of the year.
The next motor road is a five days walk to the south of the valley. The trails, however, are blocked by landslides. Thus, Tsum can only be reached by helicopter at the moment. And it takes considerable efforts to bring doctors and relief materials to these remote mountainous villages.
Quick help is now in demand. In cooperation with Chay Ya (Austria) and the Tsum Nubri Relief & Recovery Program (Nepal) we guarantee to send helicopters with tents, blankets, food, and medicine to Tsum. These are the most critical materials needed at this point. Additional money raised will go to such medium and long-term reconstruction work as rebuilding schools, health posts, and nunneries.
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