As toll of Nepal quake rises, Oxfam aims to reach 350,000 people with aid

By Oxfam
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A scene from Kathmandu Valley in the aftermath of the earthquake. Photo: Shristi Rajbhandari

Today Oxfam stepped up its relief effort in Nepal, providing clean water, toilets, and shelter to thousands of earthquake survivors.

Saturday’s devastating magnitude 7.8 earthquake in Nepal, and the series of aftershocks that followed it, affected an estimated 3.5 million people. The death toll, which currently stands at more than 3,700, continues to rise as reports filter in from harder-to-reach areas. Meanwhile, tens of thousands of survivors lack essentials like clean water and shelter.

Oxfam is now stepping up its relief effort to help an initial 350,000 people affected by the earthquake. We are working in four open-air sites in the Kathmandu Valley, delivering water and building toilets. Over the coming days we will work with other agencies to provide clean water to 16 open-air sites set up by the government of Nepal and to provide food and shelter, while also expanding operations outside Kathmandu.

More than 5 tons of water and sanitation supplies have been dispatched from Oxfam’s warehouse in Barcelona to help those hit by the crisis.

An Oxfam response team has been mobilized from India to assess the humanitarian situation in Gorkha, the hardest hit district. Oxfam is also assessing what needs to be done to help people in Lalitpur, Lumjung District and across the border in India in Sitamarhi and Darbanga.

Donations like yours are fueling Oxfam’s efforts.

“The generosity of the public has been overwhelming and timely. However, as millions are now without safe shelter, clean water, and sanitation due to this tragedy, more is needed,” said Oxfam International Executive Director Winnie Byanyima.

“Nepal is among the world's poorest countries and lacks the infrastructure and resources to deal with a crisis of this scale. Our aim is to help as many people as quickly as possible through the money the public donates and through our determined team in Nepal.”


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