IFRC gives Rs 100 million in aid for earthquake survivors

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People in Khalanga in Jajarkot sleep under the open sky as they continue to wait for relief materials. Photo: Chandra Bahadur Ale

Kathmandu, November 8

In response to the November 3 earthquake in the Karnali Province, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) has released emergency funds to support humanitarian action on the ground.

The fund was released a few days ago to the Nepal Red Cross Society (NRCS) through the Disaster Response Emergency Fund (DREF). The assistance amount is equivalent to Rs 100 million.

IFRC General Secretary Jagan Chapagain announced this on social media, expressing full solidarity with the affected people.

“The IFRC is closely monitoring the situation and stands ready for any assistance that may be required,” Chapagain said appealing Red Cross volunteers to be on the ground for the support of the survivors.

Reminding of the 2015 major earthquake that struck Nepal to its core, the IFRC General Secretary highlighted the need for more support to meet the urgent needs of the affected, and importantly for recovery and reconstruction.

Over 90 volunteers from the NRCS are presently in Jajarkot and Rukum West, the districts affected by the earthquake that occurred late at night on November 3.

According to the preliminary reports, 153 people have been confirmed dead in these two districts with 345 injured.

The NRCS said it has distributed 700 mattresses, 1,500 tarpaulins, the same number of blankets and other necessary items in the disaster-affected areas. The action will continue, it is said.

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