UN, UNICEF and Nepal
May 5, 2015
5 May 2015 – Humanitarian supplies to meet the emergency needs of some of the 1.7 million children affected by the April 25 earthquake in Nepal are being airlifted in to the capital, Kathmandu, as the United Nations children’s agency works with the European Union to provide much needed relief from the effects of the disaster.
“UNICEF has been able to respond instantly to the needs caused by this devastating earthquake,” said United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Regional Director for South Asia Karin Hulshof. “These supplies ensure the continuity of health services and keep hospitals running. These supplies will help the most vulnerable, including those injured and in need of urgent medical help.”
According to a news note released by UNICEF today, the airlift was enabled thanks to a €400,000 contribution from the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid & Civil Protection department (ECHO) to UNICEF’s emergency response. One flight, carrying 40 metric tons of life-saving supplies, has already off-loaded its cargo, while a second, carrying 40 metric tonnes more, will leave Dubai for Kathmandu this week.