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Drone Footage Shows What a Devastated Nepal Looks Like From the Sky: VIDEOS

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BY TIMOTHY MCGRATH / GlobalPost

Click HERE for information on how you can help relief efforts in Nepal.

It's hard to capture how much death and ruin has come to Nepal, but this aerial footage helps.

The official death toll is now over 4,600. That number could rise significantly when we get more information about how the 7.8-magnitude earthquake hit remote areas. In the hard-hit city of Kathmandu, people are sleeping in the streets, many because their homes have been destroyed, others because they're terrified to be indoors during the aftershocks.

New drone footage shows what their world looks like now. 

It was shot by Kishor Rana and uploaded to his Facebook page. Some HD versions are now hosted on Storyful's YouTube channel. Rana has shot three videos so far, but he plans to shoot more in the coming days, so key an eye out for them.

Here's what the devastation in Nepal looks like from the sky:

Rana has been delivering on his promise to keep shooting footage of the earthquake destruction. Here are more videos he's posted to Facebook.

 

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Here are the fresh footages from today. All of the revenues generated from the videos I post will be donated to the victims who are in desperate need. Please help share these videos to make a difference in the lives of people who were affected.P.S. Without the assistance from my good friend Sagun Lama these videos would not be possible! Many many thanks to him.

Posted by Kishor Rana on Tuesday, April 28, 2015
 

Sitapaila

Here are the fresh footages from today. All of the revenues generated from the videos I post will be donated to the victims who are in desperate need. Please help share these videos to make a difference in the lives of people who were affected.P.S. Without the assistance from my good friend Sagun Lama these videos would not be possible! Many many thanks.

Posted by Kishor Rana on Tuesday, April 28, 2015
 

Kallabari Ramkot

This particular area has not gotten any attention at all. Small village completely wiped out. This is approximately 6 KM east of Kathmandu. All of the revenues generated from the videos I post will be donated to the victims who are in desperate need. Please help share these videos to make a difference in the lives of people who were affected.P.S. Without the assistance from my good friend Sagun Lama these videos would not be possible! Many many thanks.

Posted by Kishor Rana on Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Click HERE for information on how you can help relief efforts in Nepal.


Death Toll in Nepal Climbs Over 3,700 After Devastating Earthquake; Here's How You Can Help

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Basantapur Durbar square, before and after the earthquake.

The official death toll from Saturday's massive earthquake in Nepal has risen to more than 3,700 with nearly 7,000 injured as of Monday morning. It is expected to rise sharply and could exceed 15,000.

Many of Nepal's historic sites have been completely destroyed. Makeshift tent cities have sprung up around the country filled with survivors afraid to return home because of aftershocks. The International Committee of the Red Cross has a page filled with hundreds of names of people still unaccounted for.

There was a bit of good news on Monday as Turkish rescue workers in Kathmandu pulled a man alive from the rubble:

Some of the Relief Organizations where you can contribute:

The Nepal Red Cross Society is at the center of relief efforts in the devastated country and help is needed.

Its online donation link is here but is experiencing issues with heavy traffic. It is down as of this posting. the American Red Cross is coordinating efforts with them and you can select Nepal Earthquake Relief on its donation page.

Also collecting funds is the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (already they are Partnering with the IDF field hospital in Nepal to provide medical equipment, including two neonatal incubators; Working with UNICEF to secure supplies to meet children’s shelter, nutrition, water, and sanitation needs; Mobilizing a rapid assessment team of disaster experts who will arrive in Nepal this week; Collaborating with partners — among them, Tevel B’Tzedek, the All-India Disaster Mitigation Institute, and Sarvodaya — to distribute emergency relief) , the American Jewish World Service, and Americares, which has sent a response team.

Efforts are also underway from CARE. Their relief effort page is here.

Other relief organizations working to get aid to the people and organizations of Nepal are World Vision, The World Food Programme, UNICEF, Shelterbox, Nepal Children's Emergency Relief Fund from Save the Children, Real Medicine Foundation (online or text REALMED to 50555 to make a $10 donation), Plan International, Oxfam International, and Operation USA.

Over the weekend a terrifying video emerged of the avalanche that occurred at Mt. Everest (below). The US State Department reported three US citizens killed. 150 climbers remain stranded above the avalanche but helicopters have begun rescue efforts. At least 61 were injured and many remain missing.

Nepal's Blue Diamond Society is the largest LGBT rights organization in Nepal, founded in 2001. A couple of messages have been received from a leader and a former leader (and national MP) of that organization.

BdsAn update on the LGBTI situation in Nepal from Parsu Rai of Blue Diamond Society:

I am in the [Blue Diamond Society] office since the fatal took place and have talked to many staff and there has been continuous flow of information. Some information has been shared from the districts and we are yet to receive from other. If there is any information that needs to be shared then please do so. Please keep communicating. The recent update is as follows:

The buildings of BDS donated by international and national donors are cracked in many parts; walls are almost about the fall. The ground floors of both the building are damaged and have huge cracks that can tumble at any time.

There has been severe damage of houses in Kathmandu, Lalitpur, Bhaktapur, Kavre, Sindulpalchowk and Gorkha, Tahanu, Kaski as well as in Siraaha and many community members might have lost their houses.

Due to fear, most of the community people are staying outside in the tent and have difficulties in accessing different facilities as there has been no support from outsiders. The daily wages earner has no means to sustain their livelihood. One of the community members have been out of contact since the fatal earthquake occur.

Some members have their houses damages (Gorka meti, Chari, Halasta from sakhu, Budi Meti from Sakhau Thimi in Sakhu), Kritipur, Kavrepalanchowk, Thimi Gorkha, Siraha, Lalitpur and janakpur and the information is yet to come as there is no means of communication and electricity is completely lost.

We will be updating as soon as we get into access to internet and other means of communication with electricity.

Regards
Parsu Ram Rai

PantA message from gay former Nepali MP Sunil Pant:

Blue Diamond Society's main building has a crack, as told by staff; they feel its not a major crack but will need repair. Blue Diamond Society's care home for HIV positive LGBTIs also has a crack and need good repair. One staff of Blue Diamond Society who works for care support centre, JYOTI PRAKASH, is missing so far.

Many TGs reported having problems of accessing toilets, has been a big problem as they spending nights in the open in Kathmandu. Three TGs from Gorkha said their houses are completely destroyed. As Gorkha and Lumjung are hardest hit districts, my ancestral home is damaged too. The current president, executive director and all other staff at BDS are ok. Phone lines and networks are non functional mostly so have not been able to reach out everyone. In Makwanpur districts also LGBTIs spending nights in the open. LGBTIs from Bhaktapur and Patan are also spending nights in the open, every TG expressed problems of accessing toilet... Food, blankets are not reaching like many others have not been reached in in Nepal. Like many women who are in need, lesbians who have to spend nights out, also finding difficulty to access toilets. I am outside of Nepal since a while, this update is through phone calls or emails with those LGBTIs in Nepal that I could get in touch. Will keep you update as I hear more. There is a need for help with relief and some rehabilitation to LGBTIs in Nepal.

Sunil babu Pant


Sinkhole Swallows Bus in Brazil; River Carries Bus Away - VIDEO

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We hope your commute this morning is easier than this one in the Para state of Brazil.

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Eastern Orthodox Church Leaders Claim Conchita Wurst Caused Floods In Balkan Peninsula

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Conchita wurstOf the many superpowers that drag queens posess - razor wit, flawless reading abilities, livers of granite - controlling the weather is not one of them. Eastern European religious leaders, however, are unaware of this fact and are blaming Conchita Wurst winning Eurovision 2014 for the floods in the Balkan Penninsula. Said Patriarch Amfilohije of Montenegro,

God sent the rains as a reminder that people should not join the wild side[...]God is thus washing Serbia of its sins.

So not only does the Almighty watch Eurovision, but the victory of an Austrian drag queen sends Him into such a tantrum that he destroys the lives of some 150,000 people in a completely unrelated country to express His dissatisfaction. That makes sense.


Pastor Blames Colorado Floods on Gays, Marijuana, and Abortion Rights: AUDIO

Colorado Pastor Kevin Swanson, in a talk with Generations Radio co-host Dave Buehner, blamed the deadly Colorado floods on "decadent homosexual activity" (offering the example of a kiss between Denver House Speaker Mark Ferrandino and his partner which appeared on the front of the Denver Post), abortion and marijuana rights, Right Wing Watch reports.

SwansonSays Swanson:

Let me ask you this: is it a coincidence that this was the worst year politically in the history of Colorado, at least if you use God’s law as a means of determining human ethics, our legislators did the worst possible things this year than I have ever witnessed in the twenty years I’ve been in Colorado. Our legislators committed homosexual acts on the front page of the Denver Post, do you remember that? So here we have the very worst year in Colorado’s year in terms of let’s kill as many babies as possible, let’s make sure we encourage as much decadent homosexual activity as possible, let’s break God’s law with impudence at every single level, at every single level let’s make sure that we offend whoever wrote the Bible, so we have the worst year possible politically in the state of Colorado and it happens to be the worst year ever in terms of flood and fire damage in Colorado’s history. That is a weird coincidence; interesting to say the least.

Swanson then goes on to also name marijuana as another cause.

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Chile's Copahue Volcano Ready To Blow Its Top: VIDEO

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The Copahue Volcano in Southeast Chile is blowing off some steam this holiday season, and Chilean authorities are concerned enough about the temperamental volcano's disposition that they've issued a red alert, though aren't going so far as to order evacuations for the area.

In a statement, Chile's Geological and Mining Service stressed that no mandatory evacuations have been ordered around the remote volcano, which lies about 280 kilometers southeast (175 miles) of Concepcion, though the closest roads to it are in Argentina.

Even though the seismic activity suggests a minor eruption, the agency decided to raise the alert level because it could not rule out a major eruption. The service warned specifically about potentially dangerous mudslides within a 15-kilometer (9.3-mile) radius of the crater.

Alto Biobio, a community about 60 kilometers (37 miles) east of Copahue, is under the heightened alert. The governor and emergency officials in Biobio province met Sunday afternoon to discuss possible scenarios, including establishing a plan in case a mass evacuation is deemed necessary.

Minor eruptions were first detected around the mountain, which last erupted in 2000, on Saturday, and the plume of gas has spread steadily over the past few days, potentially providing the region's residents with a Christmas white with ash instead of snow.

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