Nepal Lifeline? Water, Fundraising for Nepal

News for Today:

After Quake, Nepal faces Water and Health Crisis reports Newsweek.
Water is one of the most important thing needed to survive for life. The water source in Kathmandu has not been damaged but the infrastructure/pipping to carry the supply has been damaged. This has led the locals to rely on tankers of water led by the army and most likely brought in from their neighbours in India.

Insight from a Nepalese friend:
Some lucky houses in Kathmandu have wells and with the use of machinery water can be pulled up from the well to a water tank. This water is used in the bathrooms. The water from the wells are usually a bit yellowish and are not used for drinking or cooking.

The water which the government provides through the pipping and taps is collected in a different tank, this is usually boiled and filtered prior to drinking or cooking purposes.

Making sure water is supplied to the survivors should be the highest priority and we hope aid agencies are looking for alternatives to making sure water can be supplied from the water source.

Overseas Aid:

Japan has decided to provide 800 mio USD in emergency fund to Nepal as written by the Embassy of Nepal in the UK.

Fundraising by Companies:

Markit in Singapore are setting up a fund for donations to Nepal.

BNP Paribas worldwide are raising funds via the Rescue and Recover fund which will match every employee’s contribution.

Helping Nepal Embassy in the UK:

Update as of 30th April:
They weren’t the best to talk to in letting us know what they needed in terms of volunteers and organising fundraisers. They did take our number and told us they could call back if they needed volunteers. Will wait and see on wether they call back or not.

29th April
In the morning we called the Nepal Embassy in the UK Disaster Relief inquiry/donation helpline on 020 7043 7497 and asked them if there were any fundraisers in the pipeline to raise donations. We were told at this present moment in time they were not organising one.
Asked them about volunteers and they sounded like they were looking for more volunteers to help the team out during the week.
We will be calling them tomorrow to confirm: 1) in regards to organising a fundraiser and 2) the volunteering opportunity in the Disaster Relief team/ Embassy. If any of the readers are interested please call them direct to get more information.
On the other hand we will try and do our best to update the information after speaking to them tomorrow.

PS If anyone has spare stationary which are in decent condition, the person in the Disaster Relief team sounded like they needed supplies. After confirming with them on the 020 number, please could you send them over to the Embassy. Thank you

Nepal Day 3 News, Reports from the Ground

News for Today:

Nepal Government officials are appealing for more supplies of food, medicines, specialised rescue services and body bags, as Aid trickles in, whilst thousands of residents are leaving Kathmandu as reported in the Huffington Post.

India is leading a big effort to survivors with 187 tons of supplies (50 tons of water, 22 tons of food and 2 tons of medicine) being delivered on Sunday as reported in CNN.

Facebook have started a donation campaign for Nepal, matching every dollar which is donated to International Medical Corps until $2mio.

Reports from the ground:

My business partner’s mother got a call from a friend in Nuwakot district, Ghalle village. She was told the village had been destroyed, with no food, water, or aid, but the conversation lasted only for a brief moment because the line was cut. She was unable get hold of her friend when she tried on calling back.

In some shops food prices have tripled or quadrupled.

Hyatt Regency Hotel in Kathmandu is getting bad publicity from the locals as they have a big garden but did not open the space to the public to use. In times of emergency it would be really good to hear people helping each other out. Hopefully things will change tomorrow or the information is outdated.

Photos around Kathmandu by THT & HEV

 

Dharara Tower with inscription of 1991, after the earthquake in 1990BS.

Dharara Tower with inscription of 1991, after the earthquake in 1990BS.

I will be double checking on the information written above with my business partner tomorrow. Will ask for more information from the ground on the situation.