In the wake of the devastating earthquake, Nepali and international aid agencies are struggling to rescue the people who are trapped and injured and provide relief to the hundreds of thousands affected. According to the latest official figures, more than 3,800 people have been killed and more than 7,000 injured.
The death toll is expected to rise sharply. Tens of thousands remain homeless. Aid groups are only now beginning to understand the extent of the destruction across Nepal’s remote villages. Due to the poor conditions of the roads and landslides, rescue teams are struggling to reach those who are require immediate aid. The needs of the local communities are expected to rise dramatically as supplies of clean water, food, fuel and electricity dwindle.
To assist, Federations have opened a Nepal Relief Fund. One hundred percent of all money raised will be allocated toward relief efforts.
Our trusted partners are providing urgent support to a number of relief efforts in Nepal, including supplying two neonatal incubators for the IDF field hospital and securing emergency medical supplies for transfer to Nepal. They have deployed a rapid assessment team, which will work with a number of international agencies including the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, UNICEF, U.S. State Department, the Israeli Embassy, Tevel b’Tzedek and the All-India Disaster Mitigation Institute.
For updates from on the ground in Nepal, listen to our teleconference with details from the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs, JDC, and Chabad of Nepal.