Nepal’s government has struggled in the wake of the country’s worst earthquake in nearly a century, and its officials have been largely absent from
Nepal’s government has struggled in the wake of the country’s worst earthquake in nearly a century, and its officials have been largely absent from public view.
The impoverished country desperately needs help from abroad and the international community has rallied to the call – to varying degrees.
Nepal is sandwiched between India and China and the two have used aid and investment to court Kathmandu for years.
China rushed to offer sympathy and assistance as news broke of Saturday’s quake.
and has since said it will provide some 3 million euros in aid – around the same as the European Union.
The ruling Communist Party’s official People’s Daily noted that ordinary Chinese had held fund-raising drives for Nepal, and reported a Chinese noodle shop owner in Kathmandu has been making rice porridge and giving it to people for free.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, whose own country was also hit by the earthquake, took to Twitter to respond almost immediately after Saturday’s huge tremor.
We are in the process of finding more information and are working to reach out to those affected, both at home & in Nepal.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) April 25, 2015
He has since promised to “wipe the tears of every Nepali”.
Indian television has devoted hours of footage to Indian planes, trucks and buses delivering aid.
Both of Nepal’s neighbours have also dispatched material aid including military aircraft from India and rescue teams from China.
Further afield, the United States on Monday announced additional aid for Nepal, bringing total US disaster funding for the earthquake-hit Himalayan nation to more than 9 million euros.
US Defence Secretary Ash Carter said two C-17 US Air Force transport planes carrying search-and-rescue personnel and supplies were headed to Nepal. Australia was also sending a C-17 to deliver disaster relief supplies, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said.
The UK has donated a package of support worth nearly 7 million euros as well as providing help on the ground.
Britain’s practical contributions include everything from teams of fire and rescue volunteers, with canine assistance to Nepalese Gurkha soldiers, sent to help survivors of the earthquake in their Himalayan homeland.
— DFID (@DFID_UK) April 28, 2015
— SSAFA (@SSAFA) April 27, 2015
The Gurkhas are legendary fighters who have served in the British army since 1815 and taken part in two world wars and many other conflicts, from the Falklands to Iraq and Afghanistan.
Of course, every donating country has different means and a different population, providing another way of looking at how deep each nation has been delving into its pocket.
The all-important figures are here, with additional statistics sourced from the World Bank.
As individuals, too, we can also contribute to the aid effort.
Major charities are accepting donations for Nepal.
Some options include: