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Deadly earthquake in Nepal: You can help

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An American military plane has left Delaware's Dover Air Force Base for Nepal. The Pentagon says it's carrying 70 people, including a disaster-assistance response team and an urban search-and-rescue team, and 45 tons of cargo.

It's part of the international response to yesterday's devastating earthquake in Nepal, which has left more than 2,500 people dead.

U.N. spokeswoman Orla Fagan, who is heading to Nepal, says 14 international medical teams are on the way along with 14 or 15 international search-and-rescue teams. She says preventing the spread of disease is one of the most important tasks facing the aid workers.

Nepal authorities said Sunday that at least 2,430 people in that country had died in Nepal alone, not including the 18 people that the Nepal Mountaineering Association says died in an earthquake-triggered avalanche on Mount Everest. Another 61 people died from the quake in India and a few in other neighboring countries. The country is still experiencing continuous aftershocks.

Locally, the Nepali community has setup an online portal to collect donations. If you would like to assist the victims, you can click here.

Red Cross volunteers Glenn and Julie Bradley, residents of Pinetop, AZ, are deploying to Nepal. They are telecommunications experts who have been to Nepal before, two years ago, to work with an international Red Cross team that set up an emergency communications network in preparation for an earthquake such as the one that hit the area Friday. Both are retired US Army officers, and Red Cross volunteers.  

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