A devastating earthquake struck in Nepal on 25 April 2015 followed by several strong aftershocks. Over 3 000 people are reported dead. The number is expected to rise as relief teams reach the affected areas and more information becomes available.
In its initial response, the European Commission released € 3 million to help address the most urgent needs, including clean water, medicine, emergency shelter and telecommunication.
The EU Civil Protection Mechanism (EU CPM) was activated.
EU Member States are offering assistance including search and rescue teams and technical equipment such as water purification systems and ICT support. The Commission stands ready to cofinance the transport costs.
The Commission also deployed humanitarian aid and civil protection experts to the disaster area in the immediate aftermath of the disaster. The European Commission's Emergency Response Coordination Centre (ERCC) monitors developments and coordinates support.
Nepal is particularly vulnerable to natural disasters. Every year, disasters translate into significant loss of lives and property, and destruction of livelihoods. The EU is providing continued support to vulnerable communities to prepare for and reduce the impact of natural disasters.