JOAC Response to Earthquake in Nepal
Response to Earthquake in Nepal
A massive earthquake of 7.8 magnitude struck in Nepal on Saturday. As it ripped through large parts of Nepal it toppled office blocks and towers in Kathmandu and triggered a deadly avalanche that hit Everest base camp. By Sunday evening almost 2,500 people had been reported dead, making it the worst earthquake in the country in more than 80 years. In addition, at least 2,000 people have been injured. The worst affected areas are Kathmandu centre and valley, Makwanpur, Baglung, Parbat, and Myagdi. Kathmandu airport is closed. Rural areas are likely to have suffered extensive damage and vulnerable people, particularly children, will be the most affected. Hospitals are overwhelmed, with many patients being treated in the streets. Whilst rescue efforts are still underway it is feared that the death toll will rise further as rescuers dig through the rubble. Significant aftershocks continue, including one of 6.7 earlier today.
The Jersey Overseas Aid Commission anticipates allocating a minimum of £90,000 in emergency aid for this disaster and is currently awaiting details of how that funding can be allocated.
“The Jersey Overseas Aid Commission will be responding to this emergency. The Commission has received several enquiries over the weekend including one from the Disasters Emergency Committee who the Commission anticipates will be launching an appeal shortly. As with all emergency responses it can take a period of time to assess needs in order that priorities can be addressed. Whilst communication at present in the affected areas is very difficult, it is crucial that agencies work in a controlled and coordinated way to ensure that the most pressing of needs are met as soon as possible. Further information on the grants awarded will be released once the Commission has considered all applications submitted. It does anticipate however announcing its decisions shortly.” Deputy Carolyn Labey, Chairman
26th April 2015