11 Jun Nepal Earthquake
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MEDICAL SHIPMENT REACHES NEPAL
Katmandu, Napal (May 22, 2015) – UMR is pleased to announce that the container of medication sent to assist the people of Nepal has now arrived. The medication was cleared in partnership with Imana Medical Relief and Al Khair Foundation working alongside the Ministry of Health.
The medication, which will benefit over 120,000 beneficiaries is being distributed to clinics and hospitals based on need.
SECOND EARTHQUAKE STRIKES NEPAL
7.3 Magnitude Earthquake Creates Increased Need for Relief Efforts
Kavru, Nepal (May 12, 2015) – The second earthquake to strike Nepal in 80 years occurred on Tuesday when a 7.3 magnitude quake took the region by surprise. UMR Coalition members were en route to delivering more aid when they were forced to stop as the ground shifted beneath their feet.
With reports of 40 deaths from today’s second quake, this deadly series of earthquakes and aftershocks has further threatened the infrastructure of Nepal. UMR Coalition members are safe and working to ensure that the beneficiaries of the relief aid are safe while simultaneously transporting a medical shipment that is expected to benefit 120,000 Nepali.
UMR medical shipment is still in route. Aid agencies in Nepal are currently facing major backlogs due to the limited logistical capacity Nepal is facing at the moment. These shipments are part of a plan to deliver essential medicine to emergency field hospitals in the most needy areas.
The UMR Coalition’s emergency response team was the first outside contact for several of the countless villages that dot the forested mountains in the Sindhupalchowk district (i.e. the district with the highest number of causalities from the earthquake). The team moved for hours by trucks on roads that more closely resembled paths, and continued on foot until reaching the destination. The villagers of Harray Daurali, located within the district, informed the delivery teams that the members of the coalition were the first aid workers they had encountered since the earthquake struck.
More to come from the field…
UMR NEPAL COALITION DELIVERING AID TO FRONT-LINE DISTRICTS
UMR Emergency Response Coalition Reach Most Devastated Parts of Nepal, Deliver Aid.
Washington, D.C. (May 7, 2015) – United Muslim Relief, along with its coalition partners, is now delivering emergency aid supplies to the most devastated districts in Nepal, with a focus on the district with the highest number of casualties from the earthquake that struck the region on April 25.
The UMR Coalition’s emergency response team was the first outside contact for several of the countless villages that dot the forested mountains in the Sindhupalchowk district (i.e. the district with the highest number of causalities from the earthquake). The team moved for hours by trucks on roads that more closely resembled paths, and thereafter continued on foot until reaching the destination. Once they had arrived and completed the assessment of the region, they began distributing aid. The villagers of Harray Daurali, located within the district, informed the delivery teams that the members of the coalition were the first aid workers they had encountered since the earthquake struck.
The packs of food contain rice, chiura, bhujiya, oil, lentils, salt, and hygiene kits.
In a statement from the field, Shafi Khan, VP of Special Projects at United Muslim Relief, stated:
“We’re proud to be working on the front lines of the Nepalese earthquake. Our staff are working 20 hour shifts to make sure that food packages are being delivered daily to the most affected districts. So far, we have served hundreds of families, with numbers increasing daily. Our coalition approach to emergency response has really helped us pool critical sources and coordinate our efforts. All of this would not be possible without each organization in the coalition, including the leadership of Imam Qasim and Al Khair Foundation.”
UMR’s medical container which is scheduled to arrive shortly will be delivering essential medicine to emergency field hospitals in the most needy areas. The package will serve over 120,000 beneficiaries.
More to come from the field…
UMR Ground Team Completes Rapid Needs Assessment
Kathmandu, Nepal (May 1, 2015) — Over the past few days, UMR has quickly assembled a coalition of 5 NGOs—partner organizations that include Al Khair Foundation (UK), Baitulmaal, IMANA Medical Relief and Islamic Help (UK)—to provide much-needed relief aid to those affected by the earthquake in Nepal. Upon arriving in Nepal, UMR—along with our coalition partners—began the process of Rapid Needs Assessment. The initial findings of these assessments indicate that Kathmandu has been stabilized due to the massive influx of relief aid from around the world; the outlying areas, such as Lalitpur District, however, are still in dire need of medical supplies, food, shelter, and water purification.
Our Ground Crew is currently transporting a shipment of medical supplies and medicines that are expected to benefit 120,000 Nepali. The situation has become increasingly difficult for the locals, many of whom have been displaced from their homes due to building damages. Their immediate needs—shelter, food, water, and medical kits—are being supplied by our coalition partners as our operation expands.
It is important to know that most of the roads and bridges are damaged and blocked, making it very difficult for aid agencies to reach the affected areas via conventional transportation. Furthermore, power and telecommunications systems are down causing difficulties in communication.
More to come from the field…
UMR AND COALITION PARTNERS TO DEPLOY CRISIS RESPONSE TEAM IN WAKE OF EARTHQUAKE IN NEPAL
Washington, D.C. (April 25, 2015) — A 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal and nearby countries on Saturday, killing 1170 people in what has quickly become the deadliest natural disaster to hit the country in the past 80 years. The country’s healthcare system is struggling to cope with the disaster as multitudes seek medical attention. As a result, hospitals are treating patients in the streets amid the rubble and debris of ruined buildings which include the UNESCO Heritage Site, the Dharahara Tower.
Phone lines have been cut in the small, impoverished nation, making communication with the outside world increasingly difficult. Electricity and water are also scarce, which threatens to contribute to the further deterioration of Nepal’s infrastructure.
United Muslim Relief and its coalition partners have assembled an emergency response team to assist in the crisis following a statement from the Nepali Information Minister that the country “need[s] support from the various international agencies which are more knowledgeable and equipped to handle the kind of emergency we face now” (BBC.com).
UMR is working with its partners on the ground to deploy a crisis response team within the next 48 hours. This team will conduct a needs assessment and provide essential relief to help reduce the potential long-term effects of the damage caused by the disaster.
The U.N. has declared that 40% of the country has been affected by the earthquake. We need your support to ensure that the already vulnerable Nepalese citizens receive the necessary disaster assistance they so desperately require. Donate to support the efforts of our Emergency Response Team.