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Help for Nepal Earthquake - a message from the President of Hagley Rotary Club

By Julie Stepney - Posted on 09 June 2015


An earthquake measuring 7.8 magnitude occurred between the cities of Kathmandu and Pokhara in Nepal. More than 7,000 people are reported to have been killed and at least 8,000 people have also been injured, although these figures are likely to rise. Hospitals are being overwhelmed as more patients arrive and supplies run low and 1.4 million people are reported to be in need of emergency food and shelter.

Within the capital Kathmandu, households are mainly relying on generator power due to widespread power shortages. Food and water supplies are scarce. Due to fears over the on ongoing aftershocks people have been sleeping outdoors.

ShelterBox is sending an initial 500 shelter kits to Kathmandu. These contain tools, tarpaulins and fixings to make rudimentary shelters, or to make damaged roofs watertight. Rotary has been confirmed as a consignee for this initial aid delivery, helping to import the aid into the country and taking responsibility for it as it goes through customs. The initial plan for this aid is to begin distributions in Kathmandu and work west towards more rural communities.

The Rotary Club of Hagley has contributed to the efforts by sending a Shelter Box worth £590 to the affected area.

To contribute to the relief efforts in Nepal or to hear more about the Rotary and its humanitarian work, please contact me on 882598 or David Dewhirst on 885499.

President Martin Freckelton