On April 25th at 11:47am local time, an estimated 7.9 magnitude earthquake shook Nepal, near the capital, Kathmandu. Oxfam's team in Nepal is assessing humanitarian need following the devastating earthquake. In addition, a team of technical experts are on the ground with supplies to provide clean water, sanitation and emergency food supplies.
Cecilia Keizer, Oxfam country director in Nepal said:
"Communication is currently very difficult. Telephone lines are down and the electricity has been cut off making charging mobile phones difficult. The water is also cut off. The number of people killed is continuing to rise. Many of the old houses have been destroyed and at least one large apartment block has come down in Kathmandu. Given the closeness to the epicenter Pokhara must also be badly affected. Oxfam is preparing to help provide clean water and emergency food. People are gathered in their thousands in open spaces and are scared as there have been several aftershocks."
Commenting on the devastating earthquake in Nepal, Oxfam Canada Executive Director Julie Delahanty said:
"The first hours and days after a terrible disaster like this are critical in saving lives and moving to recovery. Oxfam is already on the ground, assessing the situation and working to meet basic needs. Canadians have always been extraordinarily generous in humanitarian crises. Sadly, there is a new crisis affecting the people of Nepal and I call on all who can to donate now."