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03 May 2015 description

Britain releases new £5.3 million support package to the UN following their ‘Flash Appeal’ to help people affected by the Nepal earthquake.

The UK government’s humanitarian response package for the Nepal earthquake now stands at £22.8 million, following a contribution to the United Nations’ emergency appeal, International Development Secretary Justine Greening announced today.

03 May 2015 description

Six trusted NGOs and charities to deliver life-saving aid to those affected by the earthquake in Nepal

Following activation of the UK’s Rapid Response Facility (RRF) on Sunday 26 April, International Development Secretary Justine Greening today announced 6 trusted NGOs and charities who will deliver life-saving aid to those affected by the earthquake in Nepal.

03 May 2015 description

Latest flights have delivered much-needed aid into Kathmandu.

An RAF C-17 aircraft and 2 commercial transport aircraft have arrived in Nepal delivering crucial water purification equipment, shelter and medical supplies, International Development Secretary Justine Greening has announced.

In total the 3 aircraft have delivered supplies which include:

•3 forklift trucks and heavy lifting machinery to help cargo move quickly through Kathmandu airport operated by the World Food Programme

•more than 1,900 5-litre water purification jerrycans for use by Oxfam

01 May 2015 description

Helicopters will help the British and Nepalese earthquake response by ferrying people and aid supplies across Nepal.

The UK government is preparing to send 3 Royal Air Force CH47 Chinook aircraft and providing funding for additional UN helicopters to assist the response to the recent earthquake in Nepal, International Development Secretary Justine Greening announced today.

30 Apr 2015 description

Britain is playing a leading role in response to the Nepal earthquake

A RAF C-17 aircraft has arrived in Nepal, carrying a team of Gurkha engineers as well as crucial aid supplies including shelter kits and solar lanterns, International Development Secretary Justine Greening announced today.

The aircraft carried 18 tonnes of supplies including:

29 Apr 2015 description

SUMMARY

  • A total of 33 confirmed cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD) was reported in the week to 26 April. Two areas, Forecariah in Guinea and Kambia in Sierra Leone, accounted for 25 (76%) of all confirmed cases reported. Improved community engagement in these areas is required to ensure that all remaining chains of transmission can be tracked and ultimately brought to an end.

29 Apr 2015 description

Latest updates and summary of the UK's humanitarian repsonse to the Nepal earthquake.

On 25 April, a magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck an area between Kathmandu and Pokhara, Nepal. The government of Nepal has requested international assistance and the UK government is responding. Thousands are in need of shelter, water and food. We are working to ensure survivors get the help they need.

Summary of UK humanitarian response

The UK has released a £17.5 million package of emergency aid. This includes:

29 Apr 2015 description

Additional support from the UK to those affected by the Nepal earthquake.

The UK’s rescue and relief efforts in Nepal will be boosted with trauma medics, heavy lifting equipment to move aid supplies at Kathmandu airport, and humanitarian experts to help coordinate the international response, International Development Secretary Justine Greening announced today.

This additional support brings to £15 million the total UK response to the Nepal earthquake. Today’s additional £5 million package includes:

27 Apr 2015 description

Support will help those most affected by the conflict, by providing medical supplies, water, food and emergency shelter.

The UK Government will allocate £4 million to help meet emergency needs as a result of the current crisis in Yemen. This forms part of the UK’s commitment to provide £72 million to Yemen in 2015-16, including £11 million for humanitarian assistance.

This announcement brings the UK’s overall commitment to the UN 2015 Humanitarian Appeal for Yemen to £15 million.

27 Apr 2015 description

RAF flight to take more personnel and humanitarian aid in response to the earthquake.

A Royal Air Force C-17 flight will carry vital UK aid stocks to Nepal, including more than 1,100 shelter kits and over 1,700 solar lanterns, along with a team of Gurkha engineers, International Development Secretary, Justine Greening announced today.

26 Apr 2015 description

The Department for International Development has deployed a team of more than 60 search and rescue responders and medical experts as part of a cross-government capacity surge to support the relief effort in Nepal, International Development Secretary Justine Greening announced this evening.

A DFID-chartered flight is due to leave London this evening for Kathmandu. It will be carrying:

26 Apr 2015 description

The Department for International Development has activated its rapid funding mechanism for charities and partners on the ground dealing with the aftermath of the Nepal earthquake, International Development Secretary Justine Greening announced today.

This is part of a new £5 million package of UK support in response to the Nepal earthquake which includes:

26 Apr 2015 description

Key Findings

Anticipated scope and scale

  • Given the shallow depth of the earthquake, aftershocks are expected to continue for some time. Aftershocks are expected to cause further damage and debilitate already weak infrastructure.

  • The number of casualties is expected to increase into the thousands.

  • Kathmandu Valley (population: 2.5 million) is a densely populated area; many people live in buildings that cannot withstand a significant seismic event. 6.6 million people live within the affected areas.

26 Apr 2015 description

Hong Kong, China | AFP | Sunday 4/26/2015 - 04:27 GMT

by Jennifer O'MAHONY

Aid groups and governments worldwide intensified efforts Sunday to help earthquake-hit Nepal, but blocked roads, downed power lines and overcrowded hospitals posed formidable challenges in an already poor country.

As the death toll in the Himalayan nation surpassed 2,500, the US together with European and Asian nations sent emergency crews to reinforce those scrambling to find survivors in the devastated capital Kathmandu and in cut-off rural areas.

26 Apr 2015 description

Hong Kong, China | AFP | Sunday 4/26/2015 - 06:17 GMT

by Jennifer O'MAHONY

International aid groups and governments intensified efforts to get rescuers and supplies into earthquake-hit Nepal on Sunday, but severed communications and landslides in the Himalayan nation posed formidable challenges to the relief effort.

25 Apr 2015 description

An eight-strong team will assess damage and assist authroities in Nepal

The UK has deployed a team of humanitarian experts to Nepal to provide urgent humanitarian support for people affected by the earthquake, International Development Secretary Justine Greening announced today.

The eight-strong team of disaster response specialists, which includes experts in search and rescue, will travel to Nepal overnight tonight and begin work tomorrow assessing the scale of the damage and helping the Nepalese authorities direct the humanitarian response.

24 Apr 2015 description
report Refugee Council

“Triton cannot be a search-and-rescue operation. I mean, in our operational plan, we cannot have provisions for proactive search-and-rescue action. This is not in Frontex’s mandate.” Head of Frontex,
Fabrice Leggeri, on the eve of the summit, April 2015

We call on Britain’s leaders:

23 Apr 2015 description

Brussels, Belgium | AFP | Thursday 4/23/2015 - 13:54 GMT

Prime Minister David Cameron said Thursday that Britain would offer to deploy military ships and helicopters to the Mediterranean to help stem a deadly tide of refugees trying to reach Europe by sea.

But he stressed that this help would only be given "under the right conditions," as he arrived at an emergency EU summit in Brussels called after 800 people were feared to have died in a shipwreck on Sunday.

22 Apr 2015 description

SUMMARY
 The decline in confirmed cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD) has halted over the last three weeks. To accelerate the decline towards zero cases will require stronger community engagement, improved contact tracing and earlier case identification. In the week to 19 April, a total of 33 confirmed cases was reported, compared with 37 and 30 in the preceding weeks.

21 Apr 2015 description

The UK has allocated £378 million to help people affected by the conflict in Syria, including in opposition held and contested areas. £182 million of this has been allocated to partners delivering aid across international borders (cross-border aid). Up to 50% of all UK assistance inside Syria this year will be delivered as cross border aid, targeted towards the 4.8 million people in hard to reach areas (UNOCHA 01.03.2015) which the UN estimate could be reached across borders.