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Nepal earthquake: The casualty toll continues to rise

Malteser International in action in Kathmandu

Cologne/Kathmandu, 29 April 2015

Nepal earthquake: destruction at Lalitpur

Nepal earthquake: destruction at Lalitpur

Over the weekend Malteser International, the Order of Malta’s worldwide relief service, put its first staff on the ground in Kathmandu and dispatched over half a ton of medical supplies to aid stricken victims and hospitals with depleted supplies. The assessment team is in now in action, with more medical personnel to arrive in the next few days. 

The first team are already setting up aid measures in Gorkha, which is at the earthquake’s epicentre, in the badly affected district of Dhulikhel, and treating patients in Kathmandu, at the airport and the German Embassy. One expert comments: “Some patients are so traumatised that cannot even tell us their name.”

If you would like to make a donation, the Briitish Association of the Order has set up a special Just giving page:
Alternatively, if you prefer to send a cheque, please make it payable to ‘BASMOM FAS’ and send to:

BASMOM, 58 Grove End Road, LONDON NW8 9NE
Please mark the envelope ‘NEPAL’ Thank you. 

Since September 2012 Malteser International has been working in Nepal  on projects to reduce the risk of damage from catastrophic flooding, and to improve the provision of basic water, sanitation and hygiene facilities in the country.

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