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30 APR 2015

Oxfam responds to Nepal earthquake: people of Nepal in dire need Follow-up will focus on more remote areas

The massive earthquake that struck Nepal on 25 April 2015 has already claimed more than 5,000 lives and left many injured. The United Nations says that 8 million people, more than a quarter of the population, have been affected by the earthquake. The people of Nepal are in dire need of shelter, clean water, food and medical treatment.

Oxfam responded immediately to the disaster. We aim to provide aid to at least 350,000 people affected by the earthquake and have assessment teams working in hard-to-reach rural areas. Our teams are battling logistical challenges such as blocked roads to reach rural communities in remote districts.

Latest update on Oxfam’s response in Nepal

We are providing water and pit toilets to earthquake survivors living in four open-air camps in Kathmandu Valley – Kirtipur, Tundikhel, Sinamangal and Lagankhel. .

  • In Kirtipur camp we have distributed tarpaulins for emergency shelter to 90 families and distributed 45,000 litres of chlorinated water for safe drinking.
  • In Tundikhel camp, one of the biggest camps in Kathmandu with around 15,000 people sheltering there, an 11,000-litre water tank has been installed and 20 pit toilets constructed.
  • 20 latrines are being built in Sinamangal camp.
  • 6,500 litres of water has been distributed in Lagankhel Army camp.
  • We are currently working with the Nepalese government and other agencies to plan how to provide clean water and sanitation to more than 34,000 people living in all 16 open-air sites in the Kathmandu Valley as quickly as possible.

Oxfam response teams have arrived in Gorkha District, the worst-affected area close to the earthquake’s epicentre on 28 April, and Sindhupalchok District on 29 April for rapid assessments of the level of need in the villages. Over the coming days, we will explore how to provide food and shelter to survivors and send teams to more remote districts.

 

Latest update on Oxfam’s response in China

The earthquake has also caused casualties and serious damage in Xigaze, Tibet Autonomous Region in China. Our staff from Gansu, China has conducted need assessment together with the local partners in the Tibet quake zone. Oxfam plans to support the remote and poor areas that were seriously affected in 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

Hong Kong

  • HSBC: 001-6-331860
  • 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 

Macau (MOP)

  • 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)

 

Other donation methods

Photo Captions:

  • PR1:Worried about aftershocks, earthquake survivors were forced to sleep out in the open for days. Heavy rain has also made their situation more difficult. (Aubrey Wade / Oxfam)
  • PR2:Having previously received training through Oxfam’s urban risk management programme, Shekhou Khadka (23) stayed in the Tundikhel camp after the earthquake to help with Oxfam’s relief work and serve his community. (Aubrey Wade / Oxfam)
  • PR3:Oxfam has begun delivering aid to those affected by the earthquake by providing clean water, toilets and shelter. We have erected a water tank that can hold 11,000 litres of clean drinking water at the Tundikhel camp in Kathmandu. (Aubrey Wade / Oxfam)
  • PR4: As hygiene conditions have worsened after Saturday's massive earthquake, Oxfam is constructing toilets to prevent the outbreak of disease. (Aubrey Wade / Oxfam)

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For media enquiries, please contact:

Sarah Chu (Senior Communications Officer)
Telephone: + 852 3120 5280 / + 852 9276 0064
Email: sarah.chu@oxfam.org.hk

Clara Law (Assistant Communications Officer)
Telephone: + 852 3120 5272/ + 852 6088 8930
Email: clara.law@oxfam.org.hk