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After second earthquake in Nepal, locals are gearing up to go back to help

LAS VEGAS (KSNV News3LV) -- It has been weeks since the first earthquake hit the nation of Nepal.

The first measured 7.8 according to the UGS but since that time, the area withstood a second quake. A 7.3 magnitude quake on May 12 only added to the humanitarian crisis.

Las Vegas resident Levon James Budding and his friend Dr. Fahim Rahim from Idaho spent weeks after the first earthquake helping the locals in Nepal dig out, helicoptering food and supplies to remote villages and helping to heal the injured and sick. They now have been home in the United States for nearly two weeks.

"There are people who are pitching tents all over the city," Rahim says.

"I mean, imagine a city of one million people and 90 percent of people are now living outside. In either makeshift shelters or tents. Where are they going to go for bathroom? Where are they going to go to eat?"
The latest quake has impacted rescue missions and delayed the aid that was on the way for some villages. Other villages haven't had any help at all.

"It made it so probably certain supply routes have been disrupted," Budding says.

"It has made the stress level for the people there go way up. Post-traumatic stress disorder is going to be a big problem, especially with the children," he adds.

While the American team is home, local volunteers in Nepal are still on the ground helping the people recover. But their help is only a fraction of what is needed.

Now, aid workers worry that disease will become the number one killer.

Rahim says some of the biggest risks happen in the weeks and months following a natural disaster.

For the people of Nepal, clean drinkable water can help save them.

Malaria was irradiated from the Nepal valley years ago, but a disaster of this size threatens to bring a resurgence. Cholera is also a major concern as well as secondary disasters such as mudslides and landslides.

There are only two real seasons in Nepal, Rahim says, a dry season and the monsoon season. It is expected to begin raining in that area at any time and continue for the next six months.

"The dry is about to be over and the rainy is going to be there for about three to six months," Rahim says. "During the rainy season you literally cannot access most of that part of the world."

According to the United Nations, only 14 percent of the humanitarian need has been met. Internationally only $59 million has reached the people. The numbers are part of the reason Rahim and Levon Budding have chosen to act.

"I put a challenge out there that we can raise a million dollars and if you're able to raise a million dollars then the U.S. government will invest at least $100 million into the local relief effort," Rahim says.
So far the non-profit has generated more than $177,000 in support. They are using a website to collect donations called Crowdrise.com. Patrons can donate as little as $5.

Rahim and Budding are also partnering with Rotary International to help drum up support, deliver care and match donations 2 to 1.

To get involved in the movement, follow Budding and Rahim on Facebook.

Use the Hashtag #WeWillRebuildNepal and #FacesofHope on Instagram and Facebook to find their photos.

To donate on Crowdrise search for #MillionDollarChallenge or Click Here.

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