Help from the various countries around the world, non-profit organizations, and many other companies has started reaching Nepal after the international airport in Kathmandu was operational again after the destructive earthquake on Saturday, April 25. The earthquake was measured at magnitude 7.8 and has caused more than 4,400 deaths and over 6,000 injured. Thousands are still missing and in desperate need of humanitarian help. Help is being rushed to Nepal in the form of medical staff, vaccines, volunteers, and equipment through a neighboring airport in India and then by road to Pokhara city in Nepal.
Though the agencies are still facing a lot of difficulties in reaching the exact epicenter of the earthquake, efforts are on to get access to the place by helicopters. Many residents and tourists are stranded in those far remote areas and need to be rescued. The international community has come forward to provide support and help to Nepal.
United States: As informed by the Pentagon, a U.S. military plane has left for Nepal Sunday, April 26, carrying an urban search and rescue team from Fairfax, Virginia, along with 70 other personnel, a disaster assistance response team from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and 45 tons of cargo. The United States has promised a total help of $10 million.
Canada: The Canadian government has donated $4.1 million (5 million Canadian dollars) to aid organizations. Canada has sent medical personnel, a unit from its urban disaster search and rescue team, and humanitarian relief supplies.
Italy: The Italian government has sent a team of experts from its foreign crisis team as well as its Civil Protection Department.
Britain: The British government announced that a $7.6 million (5 million pound) aid package would be available under a rapid response plan and an advance team of eight had been sent.
Switzerland: The Swiss Foreign Ministry has sent a team of experts including a doctor, a building surveyor, and a water quality technician.
France: A team of 11 rescuers has been sent by the French government to Nepal.
European Union: The European Commission has announced $3.3 million immediate aid money for Nepal.
Germany: The German government has announced support by donating $2.7 million. International Search and Rescue Germany has sent a team of doctors, experts trained in searching for people buried under rubble as a group of 52 relief workers along with many dog squads. They are also bringing a mobile medical treatment center to get immediate help to people. They are being supported by many foreign governments that have announced support worth millions of dollars as aid and help. The team is now planning to reach the location of epicenter at the earliest and rescue the survivors.
Poland: The Polish government has sent heavy equipment, medics, rescue dogs, and a team of 81 firefighters to Nepal.
Norway: The Norwegian government has donated $3.9 million (30 million Norwegian kroner) for relief and aid efforts.
Australia: The Australian government has donated $3.9 million (5 million Australian dollars) and sent experts to Nepal.
Israel: The Israeli military has sent a 260-member group, medical aid and search-and-rescue help. The group is working for setting up an immediate medical facility with a staff of doctors, paramedics, and nurses. The facility would also have 95 tons of humanitarian and medical supplies from Israel and is being set up in Kathmandu.
India: India had sent relief material to Nepal immediately after the earthquake on April 25. Teams from the Nation Disaster Relief Force and the Indian Army have reached Nepal using help from the Indian Air Force. The Indian government has also sent a team of cardiothoracic surgeons, general surgeons, and neurosurgeons. 55 Indian citizens have been rescued from Nepal and have been brought back to India.
United Arab Emirates: The United Arab Emirates has sent two teams for search and rescue including 88 personnel to Nepal.
China: The Commerce Ministry of China has reportedly announced help of $3.2 million (20 million yuan) to humanitarian and aid efforts.
Singapore: The Singapore Red Cross has received $75,000 (100,000 Singapore dollars) donated by the government of Singapore.
American Red Cross: The group is sending an initial contribution of $300,000.
AmeriCares: The group is helping Nepal by raising funds for relief and aid. They have raised $75,000.
Save the Children: The group is sending $454,000 in emergency aid and is expected to receive millions from governments around the world.
Oxfam: The British agency for aid and support has sent online donations of $1 million.
Christian Aid: The group had immediately sent $76,000 in aid. They expect to raise another $1 million to send to Nepal.
Organizations like Google, Facebook, Coca-Cola, and Pepsi are also doing their best to help Nepal as help from the international community has arrived after the catastrophic earthquake. PayPal announced it is waiving fees for donations to several aid organizations. The mobile payment company Square created a “cashtag” to donate: cash.me/$unicef.
By Ankur Sinha