Caritas aid missions are reporting that villages in remote areas of Nepal have been utterly devastated by the earthquake. Villages close to the epicentre are 60 percent destroyed with people in urgent need of shelter.
Most of the Caritas relief efforts have been based in Kathmandu, because of the great difficulty in accessing areas outside of the city. Over the next few days, Caritas aims to reach these areas outside of the city by mobilising its strong Church network.
Vast tent cities have sprung up in Nepal's capital, Kathmandu, for people displaced by a major earthquake at the weekend as strong aftershocks continue. Caritas Nepal has been providing tarpaulins to offer protection from the rain and cold temperatures.