UK appeal for Nepal reaches £50m

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Donations from the UK public to an appeal to help the victims of the Nepalese earthquake have reached £50m.

The 7.8-magnitude earthquake rocked the south Asian country, triggering avalanches and mudslides and reducing whole villages to rubble when it struck on April 25. The death toll has passed the 8,000 mark.

The Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) launched the Nepal Earthquake Appeal to help aid agencies reach an estimated 310,000 people.

DEC chief executive Saleh Saeed expressed his gratitude for the £50m that has been donated so far. “We are extremely grateful for the extraordinary generosity of the UK public,” he said. “Despite the immense challenges facing those affected and relief efforts, the response continues to grow day by day.

“We are now delivering more aid to some of the worst-affected areas, and our members are expanding their efforts into remote regions.

“Our members’ teams are working around the clock to provide essential aid. A huge amount of work remains to be done before the monsoon rains make the response even more difficult and the risk of disease outbreaks increase.”