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Hlengiwe Cele 

Earthquake strikes Kathmandu, Nepal on Saturday

We are all saddened by the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that destroyed many lives in Kathmandu, Nepal on Saturday, 25 April 2015. The Nepalese government said it was struggling to cope with the aftermath of the disaster and reach those cut off in remote areas.

While a lot of people are still trapped in the rubble, Lila Mani Poudyal, the government’s chief secretary and the rescue coordinator, appealed for more help from the international community, saying Nepal was short of everything from paramedics to electricity.

Responding to this tragedy, the South African President Jacob Zuma conveyed a message of condolences to the Government and people of the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal, following a massive earthquake that claimed over 1000 lives.

"Our thoughts are with the people of Nepal and neighbouring countries in the aftermath of the earthquake that has struck the Kathmandu Valley. On behalf of the Government and people of South Africa, I send my deepest condolences to the Government of Nepal and to everyone affected, particularly to the families and friends of those killed and injured," said President Zuma.

According to the UN report eight million people in 39 districts have been affected, of which over two million people live in the 11 severely affected districts. International aid has started arriving in Nepal; however there is still a need for more food aid, the UN said.

Contact:  info@wrc.org.za



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