EU commits €2 mn aid for Nepal earthquake relief

Kathmandu: In response to the recent earthquake in Nepal, the European Union (EU) has pledged a €2 million aid package to provide essential relief to the affected population.

The aid will focus on critical areas such as shelter, access to clean water and sanitation, and healthcare services.

Notably, €600,000 will be directed to support humanitarian partners already on the ground, actively assisting in the affected regions.

An additional €200,000 has been earmarked for the Nepal Red Cross Society through the Disaster Response Emergency Fund (DREF) of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).

To complement the financial support, the EU will leverage its European Humanitarian Response Capacity (EHRC) to provide in-kind assistance valued at €1.2 million.

This includes the dispatch of tents and winterization kits from the EU’s stockpile in Kuala Lumpur, addressing the urgent shelter needs of vulnerable families who have lost their homes.

Janez Lenarčič, Commissioner for Crisis Management, emphasized the EU’s commitment, stating, “Nepali people have once again been hit by a deadly earthquake. As in previous disasters, the EU stays ready to help those most in need. This new aid package will bring shelter to people that have lost their homes, so they can be prepared to face the upcoming winter, while helping with other pressing needs.”

The EU’s swift response aims to alleviate the immediate challenges faced by the earthquake-stricken regions and underscores its commitment to supporting communities in times of crisis.