Samaritan's Purse Volunteers Deploying to Nepal

By Yoojin Cho | Time Warner Cable News | April 26, 2015

Aftershocks continue to rattle the capital region of Nepal after a devastating earthquake killed thousands of people, but an Asheville-based organization called Samaritan's Purse is deploying a team 16 people to Nepal.

They will take with them supplies for 15,000 households and they will be ready to go into emergency shelters and hospitals to help the victims.

On Sunday a powerful 6.7 magnitude aftershock shook Nepal, swayed buildings that were barely left standing and sent scared people running into the streets.

Experts warn, there could be even more aftershocks in that area.

Saturday's magnitude 7.8 earthquake triggered an avalanche on Mount Everest where at least 17 people died, one of them, confirmed to be a Google employee.

Along with the loss of life, many historic buildings were lost, including the iconic landmark, the Dharahara Tower, that was built in 1832.

Rescuers pulled dozens of bodies from the collapsed nine story tower. It's now just a pile of rubble.

When the Samaritan's Purse volunteers arrive in Nepal, they'll work with their partners already there to assess the damage and provide emotional and physical support.