Support for Nepal

This week Council endorsed a $200,000 donation to support the victims of the devastating earthquake in Nepal, which has left thousands of Nepalese dead, injured or homeless. Hundreds of Australians missing or unaccounted for.

A 7.9 earthquake shook Kathmandu and villages across the Himalayan nation when it struck early Saturday afternoon, triggering an avalanche that buried part of Mount Everest's base camp.

The Nepalese Government has requested international assistance in responding to the disaster, emphasising the need for search and rescue capacity and medical teams and supplies. The United Nations has also called on the international community to deploy all possible efforts to urgently assist and support the people and the Government of Nepal in the aftermath of the earthquake.

On Monday night Council agreed to donate $200,000 to the Australian Red Cross's Nepal Region Earthquake Appeal 2015 and match any contributions from staff on a dollar-for-dollar basis.

The Nepal Red Cross Society's team of volunteers and staff have been helping rescue people trapped beneath rubble and administering first aid.

The City's donation complies with the City of Sydney Humanitarian Emergency Response Guidelines, adopted by Council in August 2010 and Australian Red Cross is a signatory to the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID) code of conduct.

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