On September 18, 2011, an earthquake of historic magnitude hit Sikkim, Darjeeling and neighboring Nepal. Measured as a 6.9 earthquake on the Richter Scale, the quake injured thousands and crumbled buildings. The death toll is currently undetermined but the estimated amount continues to rise. The survivors and rescue workers battle harsh rains, landslides and aftershocks.
Pema, a resident of the region said, “In all my life, I have never witnessed such fear”. Tens of thousands have evacuated with no place to go. Early reports indicate that schools collapsed, roads sunk and debris engulfed the region. Power and communication methods remain elusive.
One of the many badly damaged structures is the Darjeeling Druk Sangag Choeling Monastery. The monastery plays a significant spiritual role and guardian of rare tradition and art. And as a testimony to cross-border cooperation and despite its own devastation, the Druk Sangag Choeling community is ready to volunteer and administer aid.
While this region is rich in culture, tradition and compassion, it’s infrastructure makes relief efforts challenging. However, thousands of local Live to Love volunteers are mobilized and ready to help. Please join us in saving and rebuilding lives.
Your donation will help:
We appeal to your generosity and ask you for a donation, which we will 100% forward to the Sikkim Disaster Relief. The international aid is coordinated by Live to Love Foundation, USA. Please indicate "Sikkim" in your donation form. We will issue tax deductible donation receipts from 10.- € or more if you provide us with your personal data. Please use paypal for immediate help or our bank account:
News from today on BBC: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-14967812
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