Apr 27, 2015

Oxfam to help at least 350,000 hit by Nepal earthquake

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Oxfam today stepped up its relief effort to help an initial 350,000 people hit by the earthquake in Nepal, providing clean water, toilets and shelter to thousands of people.

The international agency is working in four open air sites in the Kathmandu Valley - delivering water and building toilets. Over the coming days we will work with other agencies to provide clean water to 16 open air sites set up by the Government of Nepal and to provide food and shelter, while also expanding operations outside Kathmandu.

Oxfam has so far raised over $1.5m – a fantastic initial response - but more is needed.

More than 3.5 million people are estimated to have been affected by the earthquake that hit on Saturday. The death toll, which currently stands at more than 3,700, is continuing to rise as reports filter in from harder to reach areas.

More than 5 tons of water and sanitation materials have been dispatched from Oxfam’s warehouse in Barcelona to help those hit by the crisis.

An Oxfam response team has been mobilized from India to assess the humanitarian situation in Gorkha, the hardest hit district. Oxfam is also assessing what needs to be done to help people in Lalitpur, Lumjung District and across the border in India in Sitamarhi and Darbhanga.

Oxfam India, CEO, Dr Nisha Agrawal, says: “The scale and cost of response still needs to be assessed but we clearly need help now. Nepal is one of the poorest countries in the world and does not have the wherewithal to tackle the disaster of this scale. The people of India have stepped forward in a big way to help Nepal pull out of this tragedy and Oxfam India will do all it can and more to reach out to the worst affected areas.”

Jane Cocking, Oxfam Humanitarian Director, said: “Hundreds of thousands of people have suddenly been left without adequate food, water, shelter and medical care. They are understandably desperate. We need to act fast. The damage to the infrastructure is huge and is making delivering aid quickly really challenging; we are now beginning to reach out outside the centre of the Kathmandu Valley and looking into the needs of more remote areas.”

Oxfam branches have set up national appeals for the public to donate to the Nepal relief effort, in Australia, Belgium, Canada, Germany, Great Britain, Hong Kong and Macau, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Spain and Quebec. Outside of these countries, the public can donate via oxfam.org.

 

Media contacts:

Oxfam has spokespeople in Kathmandu and Bangkok, for English, French, Dutch, Hindi and Spanish language interviews. Oxfam media officers can be contacted 24/7.

In Spain, Ivan Garcia - Mobile: +34 620869795 - ivan.garcia@oxfaminternational.org 

In India, Gunjan Jain - Mobile+91-11-46538000 - gunjan@oxfamindia.org

In Australia, Angus Hohenboken - Mobile: +61 428367318 - angush@oxfam.org.au

In the US, Vanessa Parra - Mobile +1 202 476 0093 - vparra@oxfamamerica.org

For updates, please follow @oxfamindia.

 

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