Print Edition - 2015-05-17 | Earthquake Relief
IFRC triples its aid to Nepal
May 16, 2015-
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies has pledged to triple the aid amount to Nepal, in order to intensify relief and rehabilitation efforts. The IFRC has already provided $33 million for earthquake victims.
IFRC General Secretary Elhadj As Sy made the pledge on Saturday, in a meeting with Prime Minister Sushil Koirala at the prime minister’s residence in Baluwatar. They held discussions on the damages done by the Great Earthquake and the need of humanitarian aid for rescue, relief, rehabilitation and rebuilding operations.
Along with rehabilitation works, Sy also highlighted the need for establishing an institutional structure, formulating a legal framework and consolidating human resources for dealing with natural disasters.
The Nepal Red Cross Society, in coordination with the IFRC, has deployed more than 7,000 volunteers and aid workers in Nepal and has distributed more than 40,000 tarpaulins, about 2,000 family tents, about 12,000 blankets, more than 120,000 ORS
packets, more than 4,000 hygiene kits, more than 400,000 aqua tabs and about 45,000 bars of soaps to the affected people so far.
Appreciating the relief works carried out by the Red Cross, Prime Minister Koirala stressed that the lack of knowledge, institutions and resources for disaster preparedness were the major reasons behind the government’s inability to manage the disaster. Koirala also expressed a commitment to create a government body to deal with such events in the future.
Published: 17-05-2015 08:26