More than a week later, the global Red Cross network, led by the Nepal Red Cross and supported by the American Red Cross, continues to provide emergency humanitarian assistance following the devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake in Nepal. Some eight million people, nearly a third of the population of Nepal, have been affected by the quake and 2.8 million people have been displaced.
The American Red Cross has committed an initial $1 million to the relief operation and is working closely with the Nepal Red Cross and the global Red Cross network to coordinate additional support. The American Red Cross is also providing remote mapping and information management support and is arranging supplies from its warehouses in Kuala Lumpar and Dubai, including non-food items such as tarps, buckets, kitchen sets and blankets to be sent to Nepal, although logistical transport remains a challenge.
Field assessment teams have arrived in Nepal and are assessing and responding to the destruction. Eight American Red Cross disaster specialists are in Nepal to support emergency relief, cash transfer programming, information management, recovery planning and IT/telecoms. An additional specialist, focused on social media coordination, has been deployed to Geneva to help with global Red Cross efforts online, bringing the total number of currently deployed specialists assisting the Nepal earthquake effort to nine.
Three ways to help those affected by the Nepal Earthquake: GIVE: To help people affected by disasters big and small, visit Redcross.org or contact your local American Red Cross chapter.MAP: To help with critical mapping efforts, visit http://tasks.hotosm.org. No experience is needed, just a computer and internet connection. SHARE: Spread the word on relief efforts and ways to help online. Find and share information on social channels, including the global Red Cross Twitter account and American Red Cross Facebook and Twitter posts.