Around 12:35pm Nepal time, today, a second earthquake, registering a 7.4 magnitude, hit Nepal with the epicenter about 52 miles away from Kathmandu. The earthquake lasted around 20-30 seconds. Project HOPE medical volunteers were working at the Manmohan Memorial Teaching Hospital when the earthquake hit. As panic came through the hospital, patients were running outside as fast as they could. Our volunteers were jumping underneath tables and helping those patients who fell out of beds and were unable to get up. As they moved all of the patients outside, the medical team set up a triage center near the ER. Patients started flooding in with wounds from bricks falling on them. Mostly gashes and open wounds were the majority of the patients. There are a few patients in critical condition but they seem to be stable. The biggest concern now is lack of supplies and heavy rainstorms. Another huge concern is multiple oxygen tanks were damaged and the need the oxygen is growing even greater.
The volunteers are all safe and assessing the situation to provide the best possible care. Our medical supply donation team is working hard to find them more materials to work with. This medical team has extensive experience in disaster response and triage management.
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