Church workers reach out to quake victims in remote Himalayan villages

NAMJUNG, Nepal (CNS) — “Sir, because of luck, we all survived. But, we may die of hunger,” Mithuram Pariyar said when a church relief team arrived after a four-hour drive from Kathmandu. “Nobody (relief worker) has set foot here in two weeks,” said Pariyar, summing up the travails of 29 families. It was this neglect…

Fresh quake rattles confidence of people, relief workers in Nepal

KATHMANDU, Nepal (CNS) — The second major earthquake in less than three weeks spread renewed fears and dented the confidence of people, said church and charity workers. “The death and devastation may be less, but the psychological impact is very high,” Bishop Paul Simick of Nepal told Catholic News Service May 13. “They were slowly…

When second quake hit, fear filled those waiting for relief materials

NAMJUNG, Nepal (CNS) — As the magnitude-7.3 quake hit, screaming and shouting filled the mountain village of Namjung, where approximately 600 people had gathered to collect relief material being distributed by Catholic Relief Services. When the quake ended May 12, the people were anxiously looking at dust rising from the nearby villages, with the collapse…

Relief items in short supply in landlocked Nepal

KATHMANDU, Nepal (CNS) — Anam Tamang was excited: A truck of earthquake relief supplies had finally arrived at Caritas Nepal headquarters in Kathmandu. That was late May 6. By May 8, she was frustrated: 16 tons of relief material flown in by Caritas Poland had already been dispatched in small trucks to distant centers where…

Week after quake, trucks of aid begin reaching remote areas of Nepal

KATHMANDU, Nepal (CNS) — Truckloads of relief material organized by church charities began moving across Nepal a week after the Himalayan nation was rocked by a magnitude-7.8 earthquake April 25. “I am glad that much-needed aid is finally beginning to reach remote areas,” Greg Auberry, Catholic Relief Services’ regional director for East and South Asia,…

Aid, health and water are fundamental issues in Nepal

(Vatican Radio) Customs bottlenecks in Nepal are being blamed for a hold up in the distribution of urgently needed aid. Exacerbating the situation, is also a shortage of supply trucks and drivers, because after the earthquake many immediately returned to their villages to help their families. At the same time, the Nepalese Government is still appealing for…

Pope prays for quake victims, sends donation, urges solidarity

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis offered his prayers to all of those affected by a deadly earthquake in Nepal, encouraged rescue and emergency workers in their efforts and sent an initial donation of $100,000. More than 4,300 people were known to have been killed and an estimated 1 million people were left homeless after…

Pope Francis assures Nepal earthquake survivors of his closeness and prayers

 Kathmandu, Nepal (CNA) – Pope Francis led the crowds gathered in Saint Peter’s Square for the weekly Regina Caeli address in praying for the victims of Saturday’s earthquake in Nepal which has claimed thousands of lives. “I wish to express my closeness to the populations struck by a powerful earthquake in Nepal and in neighboring…