GOAL is responding to the earthquake that struck Nepal on Saturday, April 25th. A highly-experienced GOAL team, including Chief Operations Officer, Jonathan Edgar, and Emergency Response Co-ordinator, Darren Hanniffy, landed in Kathmandu this evening (Monday), where they joined GOAL India Country Director, Dr. Raj Singh, and other GOAL India colleagues, who arrived on the ground earlier today. The GOAL team will carry out a needs assessment in the coming days and will seek to provide some of the worst-affected families with water, food, purification tablets, blankets, shelter and many other essential supplies. The 7.9-magnitute quake, the worst to hit Nepal in over 80 years, struck less than 50 miles from Kathmandu, and flattened entire villages. Over 3,200 people are already confirmed dead. However, the full extent of this crisis has yet to be established with many more people trapped, missing and seriously injured. Darren Hanniffy, among the first emergency responders to arrive in Haiti after a 7.0 Mw earthquake struck that country in 2010, said of the humanitarian situation in Nepal: “We are seeing the number of deaths rising and this is expected to continue over the next 24 hours. Our colleagues and our partners on the ground have been telling us that there has been very little contact with people living in rural areas around the city. “For those who have not been directly affected, the issue is being rendered homeless in a country where temperatures can be quite extreme. We are talking about tens of thousands of people being displaced. There are supplies for a day, maybe more, but it won’t be long before families will be in urgent need of humanitarian aid.” Those who wish to donate to GOAL’s Nepal Earthquake relief effort can do so by visiting the GOAL website on www.goalglobal.org, or by calling 01-905 9990.