27 April 2015
Following the mass destruction of the devastating earthquake in Nepal, Malteser International is sending first aid workers to provide relief to the suffering people of Nepal. A response team was dispatched to the region on Sunday morning to activate the first emergency relief measures, as the Nepalese government declared a state of emergency and is now called for international assistance.
“The people in Nepal need urgent help. Medical infrastructure on the ground has been overwhelmed: the hospitals are overflowing and they need medications and supplies. People are digging in the rubble with their bare hands to find victims and family members who have not been recovered yet. Communication on the ground is difficult because infrastructure has collapsed,” says Oliver Hochedez, Malteser International’s Emergency Relief Coordinator.
The 7.8 magnitude earthquake which struck Nepal on Saturday morning was also felt in the surrounding countries of India, Bangladesh and Pakistan. The epicenter of the tremor was around 50 miles from the capital city Kathmandu. The current death toll from Nepalese authorities is almost 2,200 and the number of those injured has escalated to nearly 5,000. Sadly, this figure is expected to rise even further, as aftershocks continue throughout Nepal and the surrounding countries. Another large aftershock of magnitude 6.7 was reported in the region on Sunday at around 7am UTC. As of yet, there is almost no information on the effects of the tremor from outside of the capital.
With ongoing projects in Nepal since September 2012, Malteser International is urgently calling for donations to provide critical relief and rehabilitation to the suffering communities affected by this devastating earthquake.
Donations can be made online, please mark your donation "NEPAL" for this specific appeal;
Cheques may also be sent to:
The Order of Malta Canada
1247 Kilborn St.
Ottawa, ON K1H 6K9
Reference: Nepal relief
About Malteser International:
Malteser International is the humanitarian relief agency of the Sovereign Order of Malta. With over 100 projects annually in some 25 countries in Africa, Asia and the Americas, Malteser International has been standing by those affected by poverty, disease, conflict and disaster, helping them lead a healthy life with dignity – without distinction of religion, race or political persuasion. Christian values and the humanitarian principles build the foundation of its work.