Canada's Response to the Earthquakes in Nepal

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On April 25, 2015, a 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck near Kathmandu, Nepal and was followed by a series of large aftershocks, including a further 7.3-magnitude earthquake on May 12. The disaster, which affected over 8 million people, led to more than 9,000 deaths, and temporarily displaced 2.8 million people, prompted a significant response from the international community.

The Government of Canada took swift and multi-faceted action which resulted in critical humanitarian assistance delivered promptly to the affected population.

Humanitarian Assistance

The Government of Canada responded quickly to the crisis in Nepal. Within only five days following the April 25, 2015 earthquake, the Government of Canada had approved the allocation of $10 million in humanitarian assistance funding to address the most pressing needs of earthquake-affected people, including the deployment of the Canadian Red Cross Emergency Response Unit. Moreover, on April 26, 2015 the Government approved the deployment of Global Affairs Canada’s emergency stockpiles to the hardest-hit regions of Nepal.

In addition, on April 27, 2015, the Government of Canada launched the Nepal Earthquake Relief Fund to engage the Canadian public and support humanitarian, recovery and reconstruction efforts. The Government of Canada committed to allocate an equivalent amount in response to the crisis.

On April 25, 2016, Minister Bibeau announces total amount of Canada's support in response to Nepalese earthquake crisis.

The Government of Canada has provided a total of $27 million in humanitarian assistance funding in response to the crisis, which has been directed to experienced and trusted humanitarian partners, including UN humanitarian agencies such as the World Food Programme, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), Canadian and international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).

Canada’s humanitarian assistance funding helped achieve important results in 14 of the most affected districts, including:

Canada’s support for the deployment of the Canadian Red Cross basic emergency health care unit in Dhunche (Rasuwa District) helped provide basic health care to 4,517 patients in the three months following the April 25, 2105 earthquake.

In addition, between May 5 and May 13, a total of four planes loads of supplies were deployed to Nepal to support the relief efforts of experienced humanitarian partners in meeting the needs of approximately 4,000 earthquake-affected families.

Disaster Assistance Response Team

On May 2, Canada deployed elements of the Canadian Forces’ Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) in Sindhupalchok District, one of the most severely affected regions. Canada’s DART provided significant support to relief efforts led by the Government of Nepal. DART personnel, along with civilian, political and humanitarian personnel from Global Affairs Canada, provided medical assistance, coordination and liaison support to local and international humanitarian partners.

The DART ceased its operations on May 29 and have since redeployed to Canada. By the end of its mission, the DART had:

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