Irish charity GOAL sends emergency team to Nepal to support relief efforts
Published 25/04/2015 | 20:08
Irish charity GOAL has dispatched an emergency response team to Nepal to assist in relief efforts there.
The organisation has warned that the death toll, which currently stands at more than 1,300, will rise significantly.
The 7.9 magnitude earthquake is the worst earthquake to hit the country in 80 years.
“We have spoken with local agencies on the ground who have confirmed that hospitals are overrun and that huge numbers of people have been left homeless and are sleeping rough,” said GOAL CEO, Barry Andrews. “Recovery teams are continuing to search desperately for survivors trapped in the rubble, a task that has been compounded by the fact that the entire city is without electricity.
“We have also received reports that a large number of villages on the outskirts of the capital have been completely flattened. Unfortunately, we are expecting the numbers of dead and injured to rise significantly in the coming hours.”
Those who wish to donate to GOAL’s Nepal Earthquake relief effort can do so by visiting the GOAL website on www.goalglobal.org
Separately, the UK has deployed a team of humanitarian experts to Nepal to provide urgent support for people affected by the earthquake, International Development Secretary Justine Greening announced earlier this evening.