Help from many countries
MANY countries have rushed to help Nepal deal with the aftermath of the earthquake. Here are some of the countries and their relief efforts:
- Singapore sent a total of five Republic of Singapore Air Force C-130 aircraft, including two deployed yesterday, with rescue personnel, sustenance and medical supplies. The Government also donated $250,000 for relief efforts to the Singapore Red Cross.
- Neighbouring India sent disaster personnel swiftly, just four hours after the quake hit. It has dispatched 13 military aircraft loaded with tonnes of food, blankets and supplies.
- China said on Wednesday that it was sending an additional US$6.5 million (S$8.6 million) of aid, after sending US$3.3 million worth on Monday. Xinhua news agency said 58 medical workers, 215 military personnel, and 62 rescuers are there.
- The United States provided US$10 million in aid, as well as a 130-person disaster assistance response team, along with 45 tonnes of cargo, the White House said on Monday.
- The European Union has released €3 million (S$4.4 million) in emergency aid.
- The British government has given £5 million (S$10 million), with public donations reaching £14 million, according to The Telegraph newspaper.
- It has sent over 60 rescue workers and medical experts, and will send another medical team of 30, said the BBC.
- France sent 55 health and aid workers. It also sent 25 tonnes of supplies including medicine, food and shelter, and will send another 60 tonnes.
- Japan gave one billion yen (S$11 million) and said on Wednesday that it would send a 70-strong emergency services team and a medical team.
- South Korea will send a team of 40 rescue workers by today. It promised US$1 million in aid.
- Canada said it would give US$4.1 million.
- Pakistan dispatched two aircraft with equipment for a 30-bed hospital, and food.
- Israel sent more than 250 doctors and rescue personnel on Tuesday, said the Times of Israel. They have set up a field hospital with 60 beds.
NEW YORK TIMES, REUTERS, AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE