UN, EU reps to take stock

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Apr 30, 2015-

Two senior officials from the United Nations and the European Union arrived in Kathmandu on Thursday to assess the situation following the devastating earthquake.

United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amoswill have the opportunity to see for herself the extent of the devastation and speak to those affected, according to a UN statement. She will also meet government officials along with humanitarian and international partners.

EU Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides, who is responsible for the international coordination of humanitarian response, also landed in the Capital, according to the EU statement.

In the press statement, Stylianides said, “I will assess the situation on the ground and determine how Europe can best continue to help in this hour of need. I will also express the solidarity of the people and the institutions of Europe with the Nepali people and their government: a solidarity they need so badly at this time.”

During his visit, the EU crisis management chief will join humanitarian aid and civil protection experts from the European Union who are deployed to Nepal to assess the needs and coordinate with international partners. The visit comes after urgent mobilisation of Euro 3 million funds from the European Commission and first response teams and assets from the Member States.

So far, 16 countries have provided support to Nepal in coordination with the EU via their Civil Protection Mechanism. The funds are helping meet the most urgent needs in the worst affected areas of the country with clean water, medicines, shelter and telecommunications.

Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland, Sweden, Spain and the United Kingdom, as well as Norway, are have so far assisted the effort.

Published: 01-05-2015 09:12

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