The devastating 7.8-magnitude earthquake that shook Nepal on Saturday, April 25 has already claimed the lives of 3,200 people. As huge aftershocks continue to wreak havoc, disaster relief is kicking in, providing much-needed aid in the form of blood for transfusions, food, water, shelter, hygiene provisions and basic health care on the ground.
Australia's close ties with Nepal mean there are over 60 Australians unaccounted for, with at least one casualty confirmed. Packed to the Rafters actor Hugh Sheridan is searching for his brother Zachary, who was climbing Mount Everest at the time of the quake. On Monday Hugh shared on Instagram that he is flying to Nepal to help with the search and will be travelling with a doctor and satellite phone so communications can be made if necessary.
Charities have been quick to get their teams on the ground to provide immediate emergency assistance. If you're wondering how you can help, keep reading — we've listed some of the most reliable charities to lend a hand to. Local charity Nurse Teach Reach, is on the ground already, with 99 percent of donations going straight into hands-on assistance and medical supplies. Read on.