13 MAY 2015
Nepal’s second quake a double disaster says Oxfam
A major earthquake of magnitude 7.3 struck eastern Nepal on 12 May, 2015, near Mount Everest, killing at least 48 people and leaving more than 1,000 injured. The second powerful earthquake struck Nepal just two and a half weeks after more than 8,000 people died in a devastating quake with a magnitude of 7.8.
Cecilia Keizer, Oxfam’s country director in Nepal said, ‘This is a double disaster leaving many of the survivors of the first earthquake shocked and fearful of further tremors. Our teams in the quake areas reported that buildings collapsed and landslides have blocked the roads. They too were very shaken but immediately got back to work. Whilst we don’t yet know the full extent of this second major earthquake, we do know that the people of Nepal will need much more support to help them put their lives back together.
‘It was already a race against time to reach people before the monsoon season arrives at the beginning of June. It’s now more vital than ever for us to be able to reach as many people as possible.’
Oxfam currently has over 100 staff and volunteers working in seven districts in the country on the humanitarian response and all are safe.
Oxfam is helping over 60,000 people over seven districts in Nepal, delivering clean water, emergency toilets, shelter, food assistance and hygiene kits.
Reaching communities in the country’s rural districts has been challenging and initial reports suggest fresh landslides have cut off some areas. Our teams will keep battling logistical challenges such as blocked roads to reach rural communities in remote districts.
We aim to provide aid to over 400,000 peopleaffected by the earthquake.
We are now raising funds to respond to those affected by the devastating earthquake.
Donation methods for Oxfam’s Nepal Earthquake Emergency Response are as follows:
Donations can be transferred to the various bank accounts of Oxfam Hong Kong
Bank of China: 012-874-0-010515-7
Hang Seng Bank: 284-401080-003
Bank of East Asia: 015-133-40-07328-2
OCBC Wing Hang Bank: 035-802-862123-001
Bank of China Macau: 01-01-20-840951
OCBC Weng Hang: 743342-001
Banco Tai Fung: 201-1-10056-9
ICBC Macau: 0119100200005410616
BNU Macau: 9012625045
(Please choose Special Programme: Nepal Earthquake and send this form with the original bank receipt and write ‘Nepal Earthquake’ on the back)
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