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UK’s support

Thursday, June 25th, 2015
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The UK government has increased its support to Nepal’s post-earthquake reconstruction efforts by pledging more money at International Conference on Nepal’s Reconstruction-2015 in Kathmandu on Thursday.

“The British response to the recent devastating earthquakes now stands at £70 million following further commitments made at the ICNR-2015,” reads a press statement issued by the British embassy. “The UK remains committed to the long term reconstruction of Nepal and is taking a leading role in the response to meet the Nepalese people’s emergency needs.”

According to the press statement, £33 million of the £70 million is already helping Nepal in the wake of the earthquake. This includes  £10 million to rebuild vital health services in the worst affected districts, £5.3 million for UN agencies in Nepal to coordinate the international relief effort and provide clean water and shelter for affected families, £3 million released under the Rapid Response Facility (RRF) to six charities and NGOs already working on the ground, £2 million for the British Red Cross, £5 million to match public donations to the Disasters Emergency Committee’s appeal, £5 million package to provide a further team of 30 trauma medics, logistical support and equipment to ease congestion at Kathmandu Airport and humanitarian experts in water, health and sanitation, £2.5 million for the UN Humanitarian Air Service to enable organisations already on the ground to deliver aid to isolated areas and more than £300,000 for Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) to provide two Airbus 350 helicopters to get help to more remote regions.

 

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