Print Edition - 2015-11-17 | News
UNHAS gets fund to aid quake-hit
Nov 17, 2015-
Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom have agreed to donate more than Rs 270 million to the United Nations Humanitarians Air Services (UNHAS), which will help the UN World Food Programme airlift food and other humanitarian items to earthquake-affected people in Nepal.
According to the WFP, the fund will allow helicopters to continue flying vital supplies to remote earthquake-affected mountain communities until the end of this year.
Many mountain communities have remained cut-off from the rest of the country after the April 25 earthquake and aftershocks caused landslides that destroyed access trails. A press release issued by the WFP on Monday stated that Sweden has contributed Rs 126 million, Switzerland Rs 65 million and the United Kingdom has donated Rs 79 million to UNHAS.
“Keeping helicopters flying to provide essential shelter material and food to 146,000 people in otherwise inaccessible communities is critical to helping villagers prepare for the onset of winter. Without these contributions, UNHAS helicopters would have had to cease operations, with serious consequences for these high altitude villages,” stated the press release. Pippa Bradford, WFP Country Director, has thanked Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom for their generous contribution.
Published: 17-11-2015 08:52