Kathmandu: The European Union is allocating €70 000 (over 9.8 million Nepali Rupees) in response to the earthquake that hit western Nepal earlier this month. This EU funding will help reconstitute the stocks that the Nepali Red Cross Society (NRCS) used during its emergency response, which targeted 7,500 people in the worst-hit localities in the province of Sudurpashchim, where the epicenter was located.
The funding will serve to supply new shelter and household items, including tarpaulins, blankets, and mattresses, in prevention of other disasters. NRCS also distributed health kits and hygiene awareness campaigns are ongoing.
The funding is part of the EU’s overall contribution to the Disaster Response Emergency Fund (DREF) of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).
On 3 October, a 5.3-magnitude earthquake took place in the western province of Sudurpashchim. The epicenter was located in the Bajhang district and tremors were felt in six neighboring districts. At least 36,250 people were affected, with over 1,500 houses fully destroyed and another 5,600 partially destroyed, according to first estimations.