DELHI, KUALA LUMPUR, GENEVA – The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies today launched a preliminary emergency appeal to support the Nepal Red Cross Society to deliver assistance to 75,000 people affected by the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that hit the Kathmandu Valley on the morning of April 25.
The appeal will allow the Red Cross Red Crescent to provide critical, life-saving support such as emergency shelter and basic household items, emergency health and care including psychosocial support, livelihoods support, dignified burials, and restoring family links services.
According to the government, more than 3,600 people have been killed, with thousands injured and many more displaced. Both the death toll and the level of humanitarian needs will climb as new areas are accessed and more information becomes available.
IFRC Secretary General, Elhadj As Sy, said: “This is a major disaster, and we are still to fully understand the impact. Our appeal reflects the situation as we understand it now. As more information becomes available, as more remote villages and communities are reached, it will be adjusted.”
More than 1,500 volunteers and 300 staff from the Nepal Red Cross Society have been working around the clock since the earthquake. They have supported search and rescue efforts, provided first aid, offered psychosocial support, carried out assessments, and given assistance at evacuation centers and on the streets.
In addition to supporting relief efforts in Kathmandu, Red Cross teams are working with authorities to reach towns and villages closer to the epicenter of the quake. The humanitarian situation in these areas is of major concern.
The IFRC, working closely with Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies around the world, is also deploying teams and supplies to support the response effort. A Field Assessment and Coordination Team (FACT) is on the ground to support Nepal Red Cross assessments and to help guide the first waves of international support.
Seven Emergency Response Units (ERU) – self-sufficient emergency response assets and teams – have also been dispatched and will arrive this week. These include a rapid deployment hospital, two basic health care units, two logistical units, one emergency relief unit, and an IT/Telecommunications unit.
Three charter planes laden with relief supplies are also being prepared, with the first set to depart from Kuala Lumpur this Wednesday carrying relief supplies for 2,000 families.
“We are rallying our global resources to support the Nepal Red Cross, and make sure that the response to this disaster is as efficient and effective as possible. We call on all partners and donors to urgently and generously support our action, and the wider humanitarian efforts that have been launched in response to this critical situation,” said Mr. Sy.