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Nepal quake: Here are five ways you can help

Two days after a massive earthquake in Nepal killed more than 3,200 people, authorities are still struggling to cope as thousands of desperate Nepalese huddle under tents.

The country's health care system is cracking under the pressure as hospitals are overwhelmed with new patients.

In the capital city, Kathmandu, the sick and wounded lay out in the open because of the lack of hospital beds. Meanwhile, surgeons have set up an operating theatre inside a tent in the grounds of Kathmandu Medical College.

"We are overwhelmed with rescue and assistance requests from all across the country," said Deepak Panda, a member of the country's disaster management. 

Meanwhile, across Nepal, families laid mattresses out on the streets and erected tents to shelter from rain as their homes have either been flattened or are at risk of collapse. 

With more than 6,500 injured, the death toll is likely to rise further as rescue workers struggle to reach remote regions in the impoverished, mountainous country of 28 million people. 

Several countries, including Singapore, have rushed to send aid and personnel to Nepal.

However, there has been little sign of international assistance on the ground so far, with some aid flights prevented from landing by aftershocks that closed Kathmandu's main airport several times on Sunday.

Nepal is still severely in need of aid, so here are the ways you can help out:

Singapore Red Cross (SRC)

SRC will be accepting walk-in donations starting Monday, April 27. 

Please visit the Red Cross House at 15 Penang Lane from 9am to 6pm on Mondays to Fridays. 

Mercy Relief Singapore

You can send a crossed cheque to Mercy Relief Limited with 'Nepal Earthquake Relief 2015' written on the reverse, and mail to: 

Blk 160 Lorong 1 Toa Payoh #01-156 S(310160)

You can donate cash by heading to the address above.

If you're busy, funds transfer is another option.

Transfer to Mercy Relief's DBS Current Account 054-900741-2 (Bank code: 7171, Branch code 054)

You can also contribute using your credit card. Head to Mercy Relief's GIVE page.

You can also call the hotline.

Call 1900 112 1010 for a $10 donation and 1900 112 1050 for a $50 donation. 

Unicef

​Unicef aims to help the children affected by the crisis. 

You can donate to the Unicef fund here.

Mercy Corps

Mercy Corps, which has been in Nepal since 2006, is on the ground responding to the disaster and has more than 90 volunteers distributing basic amenities. 

Click here to donate.

World Food Program

The UN's World Food Program volunteers have landed in Kathmandu and are dedicated to providing food and other essential items to the Nepalese. Click here to donate. 

Sources: Reuters, The New York Times

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