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‪#‎Share‬ ‪#‎NepalEarthquake‬
If you are trying to contact your family or want to help and volunteer in this moment of tragedy. These are the few options:
1. SMS search for the Nepal Person Finder instance (google.org/personfinder/2…) is now active:
India: +91-9773300000 
US: +1-650-800-3978
2. Person Finder: 2015 Nepal Earthquake http://google.org/personfinder/2015-nepal-earthquake
3. Restoring contact between people separated by the earthquake in Nepal at: http://familylinks.icrc.org/nepal-earthq…/…/pages/home.aspx…
4. You can connect with Nepal Earthquake 2015.
If you are looking for a family member, message them; a) the name of the person who you are trying to make contact with, b) your name, c) relation and phone number.
They will then try to find a volunteer who will try to contact your family member.
To decrease the load of calls, they will give each volunteer 1-2 numbers only (unless you'd like to help more.)
IF YOU HAVE ACCESS TO A PHONE. PLEASE DO VOLUNTEER.
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A woman cries as the body of her relative, who died in Saturday's earthquake, is prepared for cremation along a river in Kathmandu, Nepal. (Raj K Raj/HT Photo) 
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Survivor Rishi Khanal, 27, is carried on a stretcher after being freed by French rescuers from the ruins of a three-story hotel in the Gangabu area of Kathmandu, Nepal, on Tuesday, April 28, 2015. (AP photo)
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That's terrifying :(
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By the time you reach the outskirts of Nepal's capital, even the roads are showing signs of the sheer magnitude of this earthquake -- and the enormity of the task awaiting a country struggling to come to terms with devastation and tragedy.

The main highway that heads east out of Kathmandu shows massive cracks, the tarmac torn apart by the force of Saturday's huge tremor. One lane is bisected by gaping, half-meter (1.5 feet) fissures. They've been filled in with rubble and dirt, allowing passage for those desperate citizens to reach their families in outlying districts.

It takes an age, though, picking our way along damaged roads to a small village community, Ravi Opi. It is only 30 kilometers (20 miles) east of Kathmandu but the journey takes almost two hours -- and the travel times likely to be compounded the farther out from the city people go.

The community is off the main highway, down a dirt track that quickly finds itself winding through forested slopes and terraced fields. They farm corn here, and millet, and vegetables. Compared to the capital, and the regions west of Kathmandu and closer to the epicenter, the people here were relatively lucky.

Nowhere left to go
Still, passing through villages it's clear that damage has been suffered. In Ravi Opi a village official walks quickly by, telling us over his shoulder that 90% of the houses are currently uninhabitable. Some are still standing, but seem precarious and the residents are too scared of aftershocks to move back inside.

Patchy reports have filtered through of entire villages leveled by the quake or engulfed by landslides.

Maili Tamang, 62, is alive, but surveys the desolation the quake has wreaked on her life. We find her sitting as close as she can to the ruins of the house that she built with her late husband. She's petite and frail but hardened by life. Her leg, bandaged and suppurating, is stretched out in front of her. She periodically flicks at the flies that have settled on the blood- and pus-soaked dressing.

"I just want to cry, all I feel is hurt " she says, showing us where she was the moment the earthquake struck.

Tamang's house was one of the bigger ones in this region, a rare two-story structure. She and her husband built it together, a lifetime ago. He died years ago, but her extended family lived here with her until Saturday. She, along with her daughter-in-law were indoors when the quake struck, and she was lucky to make it out onto a small wooden balcony. Another tremor brought this down and she had to extricate herself from the rubble and crawl up an embankment. The younger woman, trapped in the wreckage after the roof fell in on her, eventually clawed her way out.

She was transported by motorbike -- few here have motorized transportation; most walk -- to a missionary hospital in a neighboring village, 12 kilometers (7.4 miles) away from here. Now she is back, wondering what the next step for her is.

Throughout this region, there have been small landslides and people have been industrious in clearing rubble from the roads. There is little sign of aid having made it out here. Out of necessity people are back working their fields. Near the road a family makes lunch in the open as their house was destroyed.

Elsewhere in Ravi Opi, other unfortunate families count the cost of the disaster. Mahesh Koiraba, 31, lost his only daughter, Prati in the quake, who was killed as their house collapsed. She was 2 years old. He was working when the quake hit, tilling the fields like so many in Kavre, and ran back to his house after quickly realizing the force of the tremor.

"I started digging with my hands," he says, still very much in shock, but remembering his frantic efforts among the remains of his damaged home. "And I saw her, blood was trickling from her mouth and she was covered in cuts."

All he has left now is a picture in his phone; a chubby-faced toddler, wearing oversized sunglasses.

As rain starts falling -- soon turning into torrents and further hampering recovery efforts -- we huddle with four families who have been displaced. They're in a makeshift, ramshackle shelter, crowded with frightened people.

I ask one of the young women, Osminda Koirale, with me if she has seen any sign of outside help.

"No, no government has any support for us. No one has come out to see that we're living like this."

She said it was terrifying, and the future no less so. "Our house is gone now. We don't know where we sit, what we eat. We don't have any clothes, all our clothes are inside. We can't go inside our houses."

There was a creeping sense that the worst was over, until another powerful aftershock overnight.

"We are not safe ... we are so scared," Osminda tells me.
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Nepal earthquake footage http://bit.ly/1bSrpOU ( Man Pulled Out of Quake Rubble Alive After 82 Hours) ‪#‎HelpNepal‬
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We can't fight nature, Its too powerful.
We need to be prepared to face these natural calamities.
If it comes it will take everything it has come to take.
It is nature's way of reminding us our status.
We can just help the needy, Just pray and be prepared.
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