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Earthquake victims standing on the ruins of damaged buildings in Paslang village in Gorkha, Nepal.
Earthquake victims standing on the ruins of damaged buildings in Paslang village in Gorkha, Nepal.
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Mr Bogle, minister of St Andrew’s Parish Church in Bo’ness, made his appeal after a second massive earthquake wreaked havoc in Nepal.

Aid workers were already dealing with the after-effects of the April 25 earthquake which killed thousands of Nepali people and tourists and virtually brought the landlocked Asian country and its fragile economy to its knees.

Then, on Monday of this week, a second major earthquake struck the east of the country.

The latest earthquake had a magnitude of 7.4 and comes less than three weeks after more than 8000 people were killed in a 7.8 magnitude earthquake.

Christian Aid partners and other agencies were still working to get relief through to some of the nearly three million displaced people when the second earthquake struck.

The accompanying short video captures the moment the second earthquake struck and was taken as Christian Aid workers handed out water purification tablets to survivors of the first earthquake.

Nick Guttmann of Christian Aid had just arrived in the country to monitor initial relief efforts.

“Everyone stood up and then everything began moving. Outside the ground looked like it was rippling,” he said.

“We didn’t know where to go and stayed under some corrugated iron.”

The conditions in Nepal were already shocking: More than 130,000 homes destroyed, people sleeping outdoors due to aftershocks and lack of access to food, water and shelter.

Since the initial earthquake, Christian Aid has reached over 32,000 individuals with safe drinking water, food packets, hygiene kits and temporary shelters.

The race is now on to get relief through to the worst hit areas in the east of Nepal and to those affected by this week’s ‘quake, as well as continuing the work already started in Kathmandu and the surrounding areas.

To donate to Christian Aid week telephone 0131 240 1522 or email clongden@christian-aid.org, send a cheque to Christian Aid, 41 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1EL, or

donate via a BACS transfer (bank details are below). You can donate online at http://www.christianaid.org.uk/emergencies/current/nepal-earthquake-appeal/index.aspx

If you do use BACS method please contact the Edinburgh office so that staff can advise its finance team.

Christian Aid’s bank details are: HSBC, Christian Aid Income Account, sort code 40-06-29, account number 12052687