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