Alexandria, Virginia, April 25—Islamic Relief USA is launching an appeal to raise $100,000 over the weekend after Deputy Prime Minister Bamdev Gautum appealed for humanitarian aid.

A powerful 7.9 magnitude earthquake struck central Nepal, at 7:11am less than 50 miles from the capital of Kathmandu. Structures have collapsed trapping many, hospitals are overwhelmed, and the power is out. Local avalanches have also been triggered by the aftershocks.

At this time nearly 2000 have been reported dead and 6 million affected. Islamic Relief has been closely monitoring the situation throughout the day. Members of the Asia region Disaster Response Team (DRT) were activated immediately and will be deploying from India as the Kathmandu airport is closed.

Islamic Relief USA CEO, Anwar Khan said, “We are concerned about the victims of this tragedy and are sending our emergency response teams from different countries to respond.” Islamic Relief calls upon people of conscious to help those in need in Nepal, by learning more about the emergency relief efforts and donating at http://irusa.org/emergencies/nepal-earthquake.

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Islamic Relief USA, based in Alexandria, Va., is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) humanitarian organization working together for a world free of poverty, inspired by Islamic faith. Islamic Relief USA provides relief and development in a dignified manner regardless of gender, race, or religion, and works to empower individuals in their communities and give them a voice in the world.. Its programs benefit millions of people each year around the world, including in the United States.

Islamic Relief USA meets all of the Standards for Charity Accountability of the BBB Wise Giving Alliance, a national charity monitoring group affiliated with the Better Business Bureau system. Islamic Relief USA is on the U.S. government’s Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) charity list, and it is also a signatory to the code of conduct of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.

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