Qatar Red Crescent has issued an emergency appeal to raise 12 million QAR for the relief of Nepal earthquake victims and allocated 1,000,000 million QAR for emergency relief operations concerning health, sheltering, water, sanitation and restoring family links.
An emergency operation room was formed 30 minutes following the unfortunate news on the earthquake that hit Nepal to assess the situation and define needs based on available information.
Despite the scarcity of early assessment reports due to the outage of telecommunications and destruction of main roads to remote villages, the main needs -based on situation reports issued by the Nepalese government- include the necessity of providing healthcare as well as water and sanitation services, shelters and food provisions in addition to kitchen and hygiene kits, blankets and food packages.
According to several reports, the earthquake caused building to collapse in the capital Kathmandu and over 802 people have been killed. As search and rescue efforts continue, hospitals in the capital continue to function but are stretched to capacity. Powerful aftershocks continue to be felt, causing a risk of further damage to many buildings and increasing the climate of fear amongst the local population many of who are fearful of returning to their homes.
The epicenter was 80km for Kathmandu in Lamjung, Gorkha district which suffered significant damage. Most casualties reported to date were in the Kathmandu valley where buildings have collapsed in the densely populated areas, including historic buildings such as the Darahara Tower.
Nepal's National Society for Earthquake Technology had previously estimated that a large-scale earthquake in mid-Nepal could displace over 1.8 million people, kill over 100,000 and injure a further 300,000.
The tremor was felt nationwide and as far as Pakistan Tibet and Bangladesh. It is not clear how it has affected neighbouring Sikkim, Bihar and West Bengal.