Nepal earthquake relief

Arrival of Supplies in Nepal Means Large-Scale Distribution can Begin


May 1 — The first supplies have reached The Salvation Army’s emergency response team in Nepal, meaning that large-scale distribution can begin. The initial response will be to two devastated communities near Kathmandu.

A team from India arrived on Thursday, April 30, with a delivery of 700 boxes of bottled water (8,400 litres) and 130 boxes of noodles (almost 6,000 packets). Young volunteers from The Salvation Army in Nepal worked tirelessly to get the goods off the truck and into storage. Bags of rice, lentils, oil and salt were also purchased locally.

In Lalitpur, a district to the south of Kathmandu, 15 families have been identified as having lost everything. Because of their proximity to The Salvation Army response team’s base, these families will be first recipients of the newly acquired essentials, with rice, dhal, oil, water and salt being distributed today.

An assessment visit to Bhaktapur, a few miles from Kathmandu, showed even greater devastation. Bhaktapur District is an ancient community which, before the earthquake, contained houses and Hindu temples that more than 1,000 years old. Today, most of them have been reduced to rubble. Search and rescue teams are continuing to work in this area in the hope of finding survivors, but the death toll continues to rise, with many people still unaccounted for.

Fifteen hundred people are currently living in camps in this area, with another camp being established to take further residents. People are taking great risks to recover their belongings from homes that could fall down at any moment, but for many the fear of looting prevents them moving to safety.

Research is continuing into what other support can be given in this and other affected areas that are being identified.

The international Salvation Army continues to support the relief effort in Nepal through generous donations.

Click here to donate to the relief efforts.


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