|HONG KONG, 30 April 2015 — Among the 2.8 million children affected by Nepal earthquake, 1.7 million amid growing risk of disease outbreaks are living in the worst-hit areas. UNICEF launched a HK$393 million (US$50.35 million) global appeal to meet immediate humanitarian needs over the next three months. A number of Hong Kong corporations have joined hands with the Hong Kong Committee for UNICEF (UNICEF HK) to call for public support to the Nepal relief work.||
Tens of thousands of people were driven into open spaces and temporary camps in the Kathmandu valley and the rest of the worst-affected districts. 200 UNICEF staff are on the ground, working with partners to deliver vital humanitarian assistance including shelter, water and sanitation supplies, as well as socio-psychological support to children.
“Without a safe water supply, waterborne diseases remain huge risks for children. Many families are struggling simply to protect themselves from the sun and rain and we only expect needs to grow in the coming days as we receive more information from remoter areas and the full scale of the disaster becomes more apparent,” says Tomoo Hozumi, UNICEF Nepal Representative.
Tents, hygiene kits, water purification tablets and buckets have been dispatched to Gorkha for distribution, the area at the epicentre of the earthquake, where the presence of dead bodies poses the risk of disease outbreaks. These life-saving supplies have also been delivering in Bhaktapur where only 1 in 5 peopole are estimated to have access to clean water. UNICEF teams are identifying and assisting children who have been separated from their families, as well as providing psychological support to children experienced in extreme shock.
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A number of Hong Kong corporations have joined hands with UNICEF HK to call for public support to the Nepal relief work. From 1 May to 15 May, all donations collected from passengers on Cathay Pacific and Dragonair flights through the “Change for Good” inflight fundraising programme will be channeled to assist UNICEF’s relief efforts in Nepal.
Besides, from now to 3 May, every keyword of “NEPAL” search at Yahoo! Hong Kong (www.yahoo.com.hk), or every transaction made at Yahoo! Shopping by public, Yahoo! Hong Kong will donate HK$1 to UNICEF HK to support UNICEF’s relief response in Nepal.
Ms Judy Chen, Chairman of UNICEF HK says, “UNICEF HK has raised nearly HK$4.4 million in the last few days. With the great support from local corporations, we hope to receive more support from Hong Kong community to save the Nepali children.”
To help children and families affected by the earthquake in Nepal, please make online donation at unicef.org.hk/donate.
Donation for Nepal Earthquake
|Direct Bank-in:||HSBC: 567-354014-005|
|Bank of China: 012-875-0-021868-3|
|Wing Lung Bank: 020-601-003-7634-8|
|Bank of East Asia: 015-260-81-012100|
(In the unusual event that donations for Nepal Earthquake exceed the needs, we will direct your gift to disaster or emergency relief actions elsewhere.)
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