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Kentucky Red Cross Assisting Nepal

NY Times

Kentuckians can help with the international relief efforts underway in Nepal by contributing to their local Red Cross organization.

The country was rocked by a powerful 7.8 magnitude earthquake last weekend. It killed more than 3,200 people and injured thousands more.       

Terry Burkhart is chief executive officer of the Lexington-based Bluegrass Chapter of the American Red Cross. He says people can send financial contributions there to the Ashland organization or the one closest to them.

It’s unlikely, he says, that any Kentucky Red Cross workers will be headed to the Himalayan nation to personally assist with the recovery.

“It’s a pretty remote area and I’m sure they will be having lots of support from other Red Cross agencies that are in closer proximity to the disaster area.”

The earthquake that struck Nepal is its biggest since 1934 and there have been at least 15 aftershocks. The Red Cross is preparing relief kits that include clothing, tarpaulins, mosquito nets and personal hygiene items.     

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