Premier Daniel Andrews today announced a donation of $500,000 to relief efforts following the devastating earthquake that hit Nepal.
Reports indicate the earthquake has killed more than 4,000 people with this figure likely to rise. Around 8 million people are affected by the disaster, with thousands injured.
Mr Andrews said the assistance is being provided in recognition of the severe destruction caused by the earthquake and the urgent need for additional recovery resources.
The Victorian Labor Government’s $500,000 donation will go to the Nepal Region Earthquake Appeal established by the Australian Red Cross.
Anyone with concerns for the welfare of family and friends in the region should first attempt to directly contact them.
If you are unable to contact them and still hold concerns for their welfare, you should call the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s 24 hour Consular Emergency Centre on 02 6261 3305 or, within Australia, on 1300 555 135.
Quotes attributable to Premier of Victoria, Daniel Andrews
“Victorians always stand by those who are in need and this donation will provide for urgent relief for the people of Nepal.”
“Our hearts go out to the families and friends of the victims, including that of Victoria’s own Ms Renu Fotedar.”
“In addition to today’s donation, Victoria stands ready to provide assistance as part of any Australian Government personnel support to the people of Nepal.”
Reviewed 19 August 2020