On Saturday 25 April 2015, Nepal was struck by the worst earthquake in more than 80 years at a magnitude of 7.8, leaving more than 7,500 people dead and more than 6,500 injured.
In addition, the 7.8-magnitude quake triggered deadly avalanches on Mount Everest. At least 18 people were killed and more than 60 are injured. Many people are still missing.
Causalities have also been reported in neighbouring China, India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. However, the largest number of causalities and destruction occurred in Kathmandu, Nepal. According to news reports, the epicenter was 80 km for Kathmandu in Lamjung, Gorkha district which suffered significant damage. Buildings collapsed in densely populated areas, including historic buildings such as the Darahara Tower. As search and rescue efforts continue, hospitals in the capital continue to function and have been stretched to maximum capacity. According to the Nepalese government, the main necessities are healthcare, water and sanitation services, shelters and food provisions in addition to kitchen and hygiene kits, blankets and food packages.
Nepal’s National Society for Earthquake Technology is estimating that the death toll could rise to over 10,000, and to leave at least 100,000 injured and over one million displaced.
According to Business Qatar (BQ), Qatar is home to at least 400,000 Nepalese. They make up approximately 17% of Qatar’s population, making Nepal the second largest population in Qatar, following India.
The following organisations have announced aid appeal to the thousands victims of the Nepal earthquake:
Qatar Red Crescent (QRC)
On Sunday 26 April 2015, Qatar Red Crescent (QRC) issued an emergency appeal to raise QR12 million for the relief of Nepal earthquake victims and allocated QR1,000,000 million for emergency relief operations concerning health, sheltering, water, sanitation and restoring family links. QRC has already begun to send shipments to Nepal. Their volunteers are on their way to Nepal, who have recently received extensive professional training on water and sanitation during the latest QRC Disaster Management Camp held in April.
To donate, SMS ‘L’ to 92176 with QR50 or visit QRC’s website.
Reach Out To Asia (ROTA)
On Sunday 26 April 2015, ROTA has asked the public to send donations via SMS 92678 to help support the children of Nepal go back to school.
Qatar Airways Cargo
On Sunday 26 April 2015, Qatar Airways Cargo has announced that it was flying crucial aid to Nepal to support the people of Kathmandu, including medicine, food and generators.
On Sunday 26 April 2015, Ooredoo Qatar has announced that it has lowered the Nepal calling rate to 40 Dhs per minute until 28 April 2015 with ISK. Just send ISK to 121 for QR1/week to use this special rate.
On Sunday 26 April 2015, Vodafone Qatar has announced that it has lowered the international call rates to Nepal to 40 Dhs per minute. This special rate is valid until 28 April 2015.
Grand Hyatt Doha
On 28 April 2015, Grand Hyatt Doha has launched a disaster response and calling on the public to donate in anyway they can: clothing, tarpaulins, hygiene items, etc. The contributions ill assist in protecting children and providing desperately needed relief to families. Cash donations or cheques will not be accepted. Clothing needs to be watched and folded prior to donating. Donations are to be submitted to the concierge at Grand Hyatt Doha between 9 am to 5 pm.
For more information, call 4448 1231 or email [email protected]
The Managing director of Q-Auto, Yann Lassade, presented a cheque of QR10,000 to Head of Corporate Resources Mobilization at Qatar Red Crescent (QRC) Society, Hamid Moharrar, as a donation made by Q-Auto employees to support quake relief operations in Nepal. Contributing further, staff members also joined efforts to supply clothes, blankets and other essential items to the relief collection organised by Grand Hyatt Doha. All aid provided by Q-Auto is focused on helping victims that were affected by the devastating earthquake that struck the country last week.
Ladies of Harley (LOH)
The Ladies of Harley (LOH) is orgnaising a charity dinner on Saturday 2 May 2015 at the Dealer Showroom to raise donations for the support of victims of the Nepal earthquake. There will also be a donation box. LOH are also establishing ways to raise non-monetary donations in support of the victims.
Qatar residents who would like to contribute to the humanitarian efforts in Nepal can now make an online donation via Doha College website. All money raised through the Doha College Support Nepal Appeal will be distributed through World Challenge, which is the partner to Doha College for the Duke of Edinburgh Awards. World Challenge operates across Nepal and will be able to distribute the monies raised by the Doha College community directly to people of Nepal. The tragedy also prompted a group of Year 4 students to raise money for those affected, with the six boys setting up a Loom Band Shop to sell their own creations to their primary school classmates. Over one month, the boys sold approximately 140 bracelets, raising QR550.
To make a donation, visit the Doha College website and click on the Support Nepal Banner.
Other offers of international aid:
- US: Disaster response team and an initial US$1m (£0.7m), according to aid agency USAid
- China: Rescue team reported to have arrived in Nepal
- India: Several aircraft, carrying medical supplies and a mobile hospital, and a 40-strong disaster response team, including rescuers with dogs
- UK: Eight-strong humanitarian team, £5m in aid
- Pakistan: Four C-130 aircraft carrying a 30-bed field hospital, and army doctors and specialists; urban search-and-rescue teams equipped with radars and sniffer dogs; food items, including 2,000 meals, 200 tents and 600 blankets
- Norway: US$3.9m (£2.5m) in humanitarian assistance
- Pledges from Germany, Spain, France, Israel and the EU
Source: BBC News
Author: Ola Diab
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