Oxfam assessing humanitarian need after earthquake in Nepal

By Oxfam

Oxfam's team in Nepal are assessing humanitarian need following the devastating earthquake. A team of technical experts are also preparing to fly from the UK with supplies to provide clean water, sanitation and emergency food supplies.

Cecilia Keizer, Oxfam country director in Nepal said: "Communication is currently very difficult. Telephone lines are down and the electricity has been cut off, making charging mobile phones difficult. The water is also cut off.  The number of people killed is continuing to rise. Many of the old houses have been destroyed and at least one large apartment block has come down in Kathmandu. Given the closeness to the epicenter, Pokhara must also be badly affected. Oxfam is preparing to help provide clean water and emergency food. People are gathered in their thousands in open spaces and are scared as there have been several aftershocks."

People can donate to Oxfam's response online at https://secure2.oxfamamerica.org/page/content/nepal_earthquake/

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Oxfam India Deputy Director & Humanitarian Response Manager Zubin Zaman is available for interviews.

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