World Bank sends team, ADB pledges US$3 mil­lion in re­lief

The China Post - - INTERNATIONAL -

Nepal Fi­nance Min­is­ter Ram Sha­ran Ma­hat held an emer­gency meet­ing with lo­cal donors on Sun­day to seek prompt re­lief from the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity for the earth­quake vic­tims.

Although the Nepalese gov­ern­ment has al­ready made a public ap­peal to the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity, Ma­hat asked them to pro­vide nec­es­sary as­sis­tance.

Madhu Marasini, chief of the in­ter­na­tional eco­nomic co­op­er­a­tion co­or­di­na­tion di­vi­sion at the fi­nance min­istry, said donors had as­sured him of all pos­si­ble sup­port.

Ac­cord­ing to Marasini, the World Bank is send­ing an as­sess­ment team with res­cue equip­ment on board on Mon­day while the Asian Devel­op­ment Bank has an­nounced US$3 mil­lion ( NT$92.17 mil­lion) in re­lief to quake vic­tims.

Like­wise, the Aus­tralian gov­ern­ment an­nounced pro­vid­ing US$5 for the re­lief. Ac­cord­ing to Marasini, Ja­pan, which has ex­ten­sive ex­pe­ri­ence in earth­quake pre­pared­ness, is also send­ing res­cue equip­ment and a team of 72 vol­un­teers to res­cue earth­quake vic­tims.

Like­wise, the U. N. sys­tem, which has been as­sist­ing the Nep- alese Home Min­istry in dis­as­ter pre­pared­ness, has also pledged all nec­es­sary sup­port. Fin­land’s gov­ern­ment has as­sured pro­vid­ing as­sis­tance in goods.

In­dia, Chi­nese au­thor­i­ties in Bei­jing and Taipei, and Pak­istan have al­ready of­fered all nec­es­sary sup­port to res­cue vic­tims.


(Left) A Nepalese woman holds the hand of her rel­a­tive killed in the earth­quake at a hos­pi­tal, in Kathmandu, Nepal on Sun­day, April 26. (Right) Peo­ple gather in an open space for se­cu­rity rea­sons at Bas­an­ta­pur Dur­bar Square, dam­aged in Satur­day’s earth­quake, in Kathmandu on Sun­day.

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