The Earthquake in Nepal
On Saturday, April 25, 2015, a magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck Nepal. Thousands of people have been killed and many more injured. Survivors have limited or no access to shelter and food. Aid workers are struggling to reach many of those affected, especially residents of remote, rural villages.
Several members of Loyola’s Jesuit community have been in touch with their colleagues in Nepal. They are reporting large-scale devastation: buildings collapsed, roads blocked, and many people sleeping outside. Rescue operations are progressing slowly because rescuers are digging through rubble with hand tools.
The Chicago-Detroit & Wisconsin Provinces of the Society of Jesus released the following update regarding the earthquake in Nepal:
"In response to the 7.9 earthquake, the Jesuits in Nepal are joining in immediate relief efforts and also coordinating a mid-longer range rehabilitation project. While shaken badly, Jesuit schools and projects remained standing and the grounds are now being used to shelter and care for victims. You can read a letter from Regional Superior Boni Tigga here and another good site for updates is the Jesuit Conference South Asia website. In keeping with the Jesuit Conference protocol for disaster response, we are following the lead of the local Jesuits for direct aid/assistance recommendations. Please follow Midwest Jesuits website and social media for updates. The Midwest Jesuits (particularly Chicago-Detroit) have a long history with Nepal which brings this unfolding disaster close to home."
Please join the Loyola community in prayer for all those in Nepal affected by this terrible disaster.
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About Loyola Responds
Loyola Responds is a standing committee composed of individuals from across the University and chaired by the Director of Ministry. This standing committee serves as a coordinating body to assess, plan, and guide Loyola's response to humanitarian crises and disasters.