Kathmandu: The Australian Government will provide $600,000 in humanitarian funding following the recent earthquake in western Nepal, which was the largest since the devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake in 2015, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Australia said on Thursday.
The funds will be provided through existing multilateral and local partnerships to deliver emergency humanitarian supplies and life-saving protection and assistance, said the Ministry.
Australia’s assistance will also contribute to early reconstruction efforts to restore damaged public infrastructure, including healthcare facilities.
The Australian government has extended its deepest condolences to the people of Nepal and those whose lives and livelihoods have been affected. “We are saddened by the loss of life and damage caused by the earthquake in western Nepal. These funds will help provide emergency supplies and assistance to the people of western Nepal as they recover from this devastating event,” said Penny Wong, Minister for Foreign Affairs.
“Australia is supporting those affected by the tragic earthquake in Nepal. We are working with our multilateral and local partners to ensure Australia’s support reaches those who need it most,” said Minister for International Development and the Pacific, Pat Conroy.