This week marks one year since a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal, tragically killing almost 9,000 and injuring 20,000 people. The earthquakes on 25 April 2015 and a subsequent earthquake on 12 May 2015 devastated lives and damaged roads, schools, hospitals, businesses and homes.
Australia’s response to this earthquake is a good example of our aid program in action. We are supporting our neighbours, building a safer region, and strengthening our preparedness for, and responses to, natural disasters that affect millions of people, including Australians.
In the aftermath of the Nepal earthquake, Australia was on the ground and ready to help. We provided $12 million in immediate humanitarian relief. Working with our international partners, we provided access to safe water and sanitation for 42,000 people, emergency shelter for 68,000 people and food supplies for up to 1.4 million people. The generosity of the Australian people, who donated $40 million through earthquake appeals, also provided critical support to those most in need.
Our support for Nepal is continuing, with an additional recovery package of $16 million to be delivered through to June 2017. This money is helping Nepalese communities to stimulate economic recovery, get children back into safer and better-built schools, and revive micro-businesses to provide much-needed employment for the Nepalese people.
Australian tourists are also playing an important role in the long-term development of Nepal, as they return to visit the historic sites of Nepal and trek the beautiful Himalayan mountains.
If you would like to learn more about Australia’s assistance to Nepal, please visit the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade website.
- Minister's Office: (02) 6277 7110
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