- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 22, 2015

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - The Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland has donated more than $86,000 to help Nepal recover from devastating earthquakes.

The diocese took a special collection last month. Bishop Robert Deeley thanked parishioners for supporting the cause and urged them “to keep the thousands of individuals and families affected in our prayers.”

Nepal was hit by back-to-back earthquakes that killed more than 8,000 people and destroyed more than a half-million homes. The first on April 25 was a magnitude 7.8 earthquake, and the second two weeks later was a magnitude 7.3 aftershock.

Catholic Relief Services is working with Caritas Nepal to get relief supplies to those in need before the monsoon season hits. The supplies include materials to construct transitional shelters, water purification kits, and hygiene kits.

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