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UK steps up humanitarian aid to earthquake crisis in Nepal

Following the 7.8 earthquake which hit Nepal on Saturday, the UK is helping to aid the crisis by sending a variety of resources to the region.

Officials have recently announced that the death toll has now passed the 5,000 mark, with the Nepalese Prime Minister fearing that the final number could reach 10,000.

Nepalese children prepare for an earthquake at a school drill. (Courtesy Jim Holmes for AusAID/CC BY 2.0)

Nepalese children prepare for an earthquake at a school drill. (Courtesy Jim Holmes for AusAID/CC BY 2.0)

On Monday night, the RAF dispatched a C-17 aircraft carrying more than 1,100 shelter kits and over 1,700 solar lanterns, along with a team of Gurkha engineers.

One of the aid organisations attempting to deal with the extent of the crisis is the charity Oxfam.

Whilst the death toll continues to rise, Oxfam is attempting to bring aid to the hundreds of thousands of Nepalese who have been affected by the natural disaster.

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LMMN reporter Marta Malagon spoke to Oxfam’s Lisa Rutherford who is currently in Nepal.

She described the situation as she arrived in the country’s capital, Kathmandu.

 

She also stressed the need for people to donate to the DEC (Disasters Emergency Committee) appeal in order to bring much-needed aid to the region.

Donations to the Nepal earthquake appeal (of which Oxfam is a member), can be made on the following website: https://paypal.dec.org.uk/

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In order to find out more on the huge challenges that Nepal will now face, LMMN reporter Hannah Green spoke to freelance journalist Atish Patel.

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