Islamic Relief is delivering vital aid to those affected by the devastating earthquake in Nepal, which has so far killed over 5,000 people and left parts of the country in ruins.

Staff from our regional Disaster Response Team (DRT) have been deployed to the affected region, and following an assessment, we have identified the following emergency response, aiming to reach 10,000 families:

– Provision of 5,000 tents and 10,000 plastic sheets
– 2 water supply systems with 10,000 gallon capacity
– Provision of 10,000 hygiene kits
– Provision of 10,000 household kits, including blankets, bedding and kitchen sets
– Assistance with the rubble clearance

Food distributions are already taking place, with the first 500 families receiving urgent food supplies in Bhimtar and Shipapokhari villages.

The earthquake struck an area between Nepal’s capital city Kathmandu and the city of Pokhara shortly after 11am local time on Saturday 25th April 2015. Measuring 7.9 on the Richter scale, its strong tremors were felt as far away as Bangladesh, Pakistan, and India, with the earthquake triggering avalanches in the Himalayas.

The total number of those killed by the earthquake is unknown. So far over 5,000 fatalities have been reported, including 34 in northern India and one in Bangladesh, but this number is expected to increase with another 300,000 people believed to have been injured.

We are currently preparing to release more funds and resources to reach the millions affected by this devastating earthquake.

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