近三百萬名兒童受災 尼泊爾震後急需人道救援 UNICEF HK呼籲公眾捐款賑災

 

近三百萬名兒童受災 尼泊爾震後急需人道救援 UNICEF HK呼籲公眾捐款賑災

On 26 April, a woman feeds her infant, who was injured during the massive earthquake, at Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital in Kathmandu, the capital.

On 28 April 2015 in Nepal, search, rescue and relief operations continue in the aftermath of the massive 7.8 magnitude earthquake that hit the country on 25 April. The quake’s epicentre was 80 kilometres from Kathmandu, the capital. At least 3,351 people have been killed, 6,833 have been injured, and 8 million people in 39 districts have been affected. The Government has declared a state of emergency in 35 affected districts in the country, where more than 1.3 million people – over half of whom are children – are affected by the disaster. Homes and vital infrastructure, including hospitals, have been severely damaged or destroyed, leaving thousands of children and families homeless, vulnerable and in urgent need of food, shelter, safe water and sanitation, and health support. Over 1.4 million people are in need of food assistance. Most of the displaced are sheltering in camps or in available open spaces. The situation has been exacerbated by continuing powerful aftershocks that have caused additional damage. Working with the Government and other partners, including fellow United Nations organizations, UNICEF is supporting water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), health, nutrition, child protection, education and other interventions. In response to the disaster, UNICEF is providing hospitals tents, tarpaulin sheeting, emergency medical kits, vaccines and related supplies, zinc and oral rehydration salts to prevent diarrhoeal disease outbreaks, and temporary learning spaces and psychosocial counselling for children. UNICEF is also procuring emergency health kits and is supporting water trucking services in camps for the displaced.

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香港,2015年4月27日──尼泊爾上周六發生大地震,受災地區最少有280萬名兒童亟需救援。大地震加上近60次餘震,對該國大部分地區造成嚴重損毀。UNICEF準備空運120噸人道救援物資到加德滿都,並已派出水車為全市共16個營地提供食水;另已調派20名食水及衞生專家抵達當地,為賑災工作提供重要技術支援。當地人道需求與日俱增,急需公眾捐款支持。

首都加德滿都餘震持續不斷,部分餘震強度更達至黎克特制6.7級,當地居民將需繼續露宿,徹夜難眠。57歲的UNICEF尼泊爾高級傳訊主任Rupa Joshi表示:「強烈餘震不斷,我們難以入睡,餘震有時起初輕微,之後愈震愈烈,甚至震得令房屋發出怪響。有時候,震動劇烈得幾乎可以將房屋及大樹等通通連根拔起一樣。」

成千上萬的人民都擔心再有地震或強烈餘震,只好在空地露宿。災後爆發疫症是大家都擔心的事件,而在加德滿都已開始出現集體腹瀉問題。當地持續暴雨,更將令情況進一步惡化。兒童在災難中特別脆弱,若無法得到安全食水及衞生設備,他們將患上水媒疾病的風險將會大大提高。據報,當地食水及糧食供應正不斷減少,電力及通訊網絡均被切斷。

UNICEF正調動職員及食水、衞生、營養、教育及兒童保護等救援物資,賑濟當地受災兒童。UNICEF派出的20名食水及衞生專家已抵達災場,為賑災工作提供重要技術支援。UNICEF亦已為加德滿都全市共16個營地提供水車,並為在臨時收容所的人民提供防脫水盬及鋅片遏止腹瀉問題惡化,及設立帳幕醫療站。UNICEF現正派遣兩架貨運包機,將120噸人道救援物資,包括醫療及醫院物資、帳幕及毛毯,緊急送往加德滿都。

聯合國兒童基金香港委員會(UNICEF HK)主席陳晴女士呼籲公眾捐款,應付尼泊爾災區與日俱增的人道需要:「UNICEF HK周六晚發出緊急捐款呼籲後,已獲得不少善心捐款人的慷慨支持UNICEF在尼泊爾的賑災工作,短短兩日已籌得善款接近港幣90萬。UNICEF正日以繼夜工作,調動救援物資,竭盡所能拯救生命,但當地正等待援助的兒童多近300萬名,我們急需公眾更大力的支持。情況實在危急,我們需要分秒必爭!」

香港市民可登入unicef.org.hk/donate,捐款救助受尼泊爾地震影響的兒童及家庭。

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