As news of the deadly Nepal earthquake spread, ShelterBox immediately sprang into action. Response Team volunteers were mobilsed and the first team was on the ground within 48 hrs. Pre-positioned aid was distributed to hospitals in and around Kathmandu as they struggled to deal with the rising number of casualties. The relief effort was soon ramped up and right now we have 5 Response Teams in Nepal, working with other aid agencies within the ‘cluster system’ to rapidly assess needs and get emergency aid to those desperate for emergency shelter. As always, the response from the public and Rotary has been swift and generous but we must not underestimate the task ahead. 4.2 million people are in need of emergency shelter, food and water and in 6-8 weeks time the monsoon season will make already difficult logistics even more challenging. The international community need to act fast to make sure a further tragedy is avoided. You can help by continuing your support for ShelterBox, not only with donations but by sharing our posts on social media.
This month’s quote comes from John F Kennedy, “There are risks and costs to action. But they are far less than the long range risks of comfortable inaction“
An earthquake measuring 7.8 in magnitude occurred between the cities of Kathmandu and Pokhara in Nepal on Saturday 25th April. Since then, several aftershocks have taken place, ranging from 5 to 6.7 in magnitude. ShelterBox has 5 Response Teams on the ground. Over the weekend a series of partnerships were agreed for500 (UN specification) tents each to be deployed with ACTED, IOMand Handicap International alongside an additional 2,736 Shelter Kits and 1,754 ShelterBoxes for use by our own teams.
Courtesy of ShelterBox Australia’s newsletter.
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