Thousands of people are forced to huddle on the streets of Kathmandu after Saturday's magnitude 7.9 earthquake. Here's how you can help them.
A Nepalese group in
Non-Resident Nepali Association (NRNA) chairman Durga Gurung said it was difficult to know exactly what was needed. "We do not know the situation very clearly as the mobile phone network is patchy," Gurung said. "There are still smaller earthquakes happening occasionally. We are hoping to do what we can to help."
The group has already bought 1,000 blankets and 1,000 flashlights, and it plans to open a bank account soon so that it can accept donations, Gurung said.
Nepalese consul general Mudita Bajracharya said the consulate had been contacted by many people wishing to volunteer for the rescue efforts in
The death toll in the Himalayan nation has surpassed 3,300. China and other Asian nations, the
Plan International regional communications manager Mike Bruce said: "People are sleeping on the streets and cooking outside for the most part. And we are talking about very, very poor areas of
Other aid organisations said stocks of essential supplies were fast running out and appealed for donations to support relief efforts.
Hong Kong Red Cross said it had contributed HK$500,000 for immediate aid work. "Roads have been damaged or blocked by landslides and communication lines are down, preventing us from reaching local Red Cross branches to get accurate information," said Jagan Chapagain, Asia-Pacific director of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. "We anticipate that there will be considerable destruction and loss of life." (You can donate to the International Red Cross here.)
World Vision Hong Kong said more than 200 of the group’s staff were in Nepal ready to join the relief effort, and it had contributed HK$1.56 million to help survivors. (You can donate to World Vision here.)
Unicef said it had rescuers on the ground and was bringing in supplies including water purification tablets, hygiene kits, tarpaulins and food. (You can donate to Unicef here.)
The UN World Food Programme says logistics and emergency response teams have arrived in
International development organisation Mercy Corps warns that prices for essential supplies in
Save the Children says it has staff in 63 districts and emergency kits, hygiene materials and tarpaulins already in
Oxfam says its team in
Doctors Without Borders, also known as Medecins Sans Frontieres, says it is sending medical staff and supplies to
Web payment company Paypal announced it was waiving fees for donations to the