Nepal has been rocked by a massive 7.8 magnitude earthquake that has killed more than 1,000 people in the area and has left parts of the country in complete ruins. The earthquake has also triggered a large avalanche on nearby Mt. Everest that has killed many climbers in the area, as well.
I am being told that Nazarene Compassionate Ministries is already on the ground in Nepal and helping with current search and rescue. Many news sources have been updating about this tragedy most of the day.
My interest in Mt. Everest and the the area of Nepal goes back a few years. Some of you know that I have covered the area quite extensively through my adventure writings on various websites and news sources. There are reports of deaths on Everest after today’s avalanche. These reports range anywhere from 10-18 or more. Alan Arnette has posted at least one audio recording from neighboring Lhotse, where he is currently on expedition. I also know that Apa Sherpa is well and that Dan Mazur’s team is good.
Most of those not involved in the avalanche are now trying to work with local search and rescue efforts to locate the missing and to help the injured. It could be a couple of days before a medivac can get to the area to escort some of the injured and deceased off the mountain. We need continued prayers for this ongoing effort for the climbers, teams, and their families. It was just a year ago that another avalanche in the exact same region (the Khumbu icefall) claimed the lives of 16 Sherpas in the area.
Yahoo News and a few other resources are currently covering the media side of things from inside of Nepal. There are many photos coming through, as well as foreigners wondering about the condition and whereabouts of their loved ones.
Nepal has taken a devastating hit to it’s tourism industry. Many of the Nepali villagers rely upon this industry for their only income. Let’s keep the people of Nepal in our prayers as they try to sort through the damage.