On the morning of April 25, a devastating magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck Nepal near Kathmandu. The earthquake affected nearby parts of India and caused major avalanches in the Himalayas, including on Mount Everest.
There is catastrophic structural damage in Kathmandu and people are trapped in collapsed buildings. The death toll is climbing at an alarming rate as survivors dig through the rubble frantically trying to free loved ones and neighbors. Thousands are dead and injured, and thousands of survivors are expected to need disaster relief assistance in Kathmandu and the many smaller villages throughout Nepal. With no electricity and the constant threat of powerful quake after-shocks, many are forced to stay outdoors, spending the night in the chilled rainy conditions.
Catholic Relief Services (CRS) has made an initial commitment of $725,000 toward relief efforts in Nepal and surrounding countries where the powerful earthquake caused widespread damage. A dozen CRS emergency specialists are on the way to Nepal to provide critical on the ground assistance. CRS and its Caritas partners have begun procuring emergency relief materials such as tarpaulins/shelter kits and water, sanitation and hygiene materials, as well as blankets. But CRS urgently needs our help. Our donations will help immediate emergency response efforts and allow CRS to reach affected families to provide critically needed assistance.
I ask that a special collection for Catholic Relief Service Nepal Earthquake Relief be taken up at all Masses on the weekend of May 9th and 10th.
We offer our prayers for the victims and their families that God, whose love knows no bounds, will ease their suffering and grant them His comfort and peace.
Most Reverend Mitchell T. Rozanski
Bishop of Springfield