|Nearly Two Million Children Affected by Nepal Earthquake, as Save the Children Begins Aid Distribution |
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Fairfield, Conn. (April 27, 2015) — With nearly two million children feared affected by
Saturday’s deadly earthquake in Nepal – which has claimed more 3,500 lives to
date – Save the Children has begun the distribution of much-needed aid in
“As the sheer devastation
of the recent earthquake becomes clearer, we know that children have been the
most affected by this disaster,” says Roger Hodgson, Deputy Country Director
for Save the Children in Nepal.
“Despite the difficulties
in reaching some of the hardest-hit regions, Save the Children is mobilising
much-needed items to help these children and their families. Helping those most
affected by this disaster will continue to be our top priority in the coming
days, weeks and months.”
To assist those displaced by the quake, the charity
has begun the delivery of 136 tarpaulins in Kathmandu, while in the
earthquake-affected Bhaktapur district, 180 baby packs – which include
children’s clothes, blankets and soap – are being distributed to those in need.
Save the Children will also begin distributing many more items to some of the
hardest-hit regions outside Kathmandu Valley, including Gorkha and
The charity has launched a fundraising campaign with
the goal of raising 50 million USD to assist with its aid efforts.
How You Can Help
Save the Children is in need of donations to support our disaster response efforts. Your support will help us
protect vulnerable children and provide desperately needed relief to families. Donations will go to the Nepal Earthquake Children's
Relief Fund will support our disaster response to this emergency.
More About the Earthquake in Nepal
The epicentre of the massive quake was 80km (50 miles) east of Pokhara, approximately half way between the town and the capital Kathmandu.
Strong tremors have been felt as far away as Delhi.
Initial reports indicate significant damage, with many buildings collapsing and casualties being rushed to hospital. There is a high prospect of significant damage and fatalities, with children and the elderly most at risk.
Government emergency workers are reportedly already on the scene in the most damaged areas. Save the Children teams on the ground are coordinating an emergency response.
In response, Save the Children has launched a disaster response on the ground in Nepal with emergency assistance during this difficult time. Save the Children has worked in Nepal since 1976 and have extensive programs throughout the country. This is the worst earthquake in Nepal in the last 81 years.
Learn more about Save the Children's work in Nepal
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