Monday, April 27, 2015

Disaster Relief Organizations Focus On Nepal - The NonProfit TimesThe NonProfit Times

Disaster Relief Organizations Focus On Nepal - The NonProfit TimesThe NonProfit Times: "Disaster relief organizations, some of which have been working in Nepal for many years, have mobilized efforts to get humanitarian aid to one of the world’s poorest countries after a 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck early Saturday morning. Hampering search and rescue efforts was a 6.7-magnitiude aftershock on Sunday. Almost 4,000 people have been killed according to the latest estimates."



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Gurkhas to join quake relief effort | Daily Mail Online

Gurkhas to join quake relief effort | Daily Mail Online: "Britain is sending a team of Gurkha engineers to Nepal to help the disaster relief effort after the earthquake at the weekend left more than 4,000 dead and thousands of others injured."



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Facebook to match your donations to Nepal relief efforts after massive quake

Facebook to match your donations to Nepal relief efforts after massive quake: "Facebook is urging its members to donate to the emergency response teams responding to the 7.8-magnitude earthquake that struck near Kathmandu, Nepal, over the weekend — and the social network will match contributions up to $2 million.

Facebook has added a message at the top of the News Feed to encourage its members to donate funds to the International Medical Corps. Facebook's matching funds will go toward local search and rescue organizations."



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US Green Berets join in Nepal earthquake relief - Pacific - Stripes

US Green Berets join in Nepal earthquake relief - Pacific - Stripes: " U.S. Army Green Berets who were training in Nepal when a deadly earthquake struck Saturday are now staying to help with the disaster response effort, according to the Pentagon."



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U.S. boosts quake aid to Nepal, says supplies to arrive shortly - Yahoo News

U.S. boosts quake aid to Nepal, says supplies to arrive shortly - Yahoo News: "The United States on Monday announced an additional $9 million in aid for Nepal, where more than 3,700 people were killed in a 7.9 magnitude earthquake on Saturday, bringing total U.S. disaster funding to $10 million."



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Nepal earthquake donations: Who's sending what - Apr. 27, 2015

Nepal earthquake donations: Who's sending what - Apr. 27, 2015: "The United States, India, Israel, Pakistan and other governments have sent emergency supplies and personnel such as doctors to Nepal. The Red Cross has 1,500 volunteers and 300 staff on the ground providing basic first-aid and other support.
As the rescue and recovery efforts continue, many charities, government agencies and nonprofits are sending essential aid and medical assistance. Here are some of the organizations that have announced contributions."



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Person Finder: 2015 Nepal Earthquake

Person Finder: 2015 Nepal Earthquake:



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Nepal earthquake: deadly and costly - CNN.com

Nepal earthquake: deadly and costly - CNN.com: "Saturday's catastrophic earthquake could cost Nepal $5 billion, IHS Asia Pacific chief economist Rajiv Biswas estimated Monday. That figure is more than a quarter of Nepal's gross domestic product last year, which the World Bank says was $19.3 billion. IHS calls itself "the premier provider of global market, industry and technical expertise.""



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Rescuers Struggle to Reach Outlying Villages Hit by Nepal Earthquake - WSJ

Rescuers Struggle to Reach Outlying Villages Hit by Nepal Earthquake - WSJ: "When Saturday’s 7.8-magnitude earthquake hit Nepal, nearly every building in this small market town 40 miles from the capital, Katmandu, collapsed. On Monday evening, more than two days later, official help had yet to arrive, residents said."



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Don’t rush to Nepal to help. Read this first | Claire Bennett | Comment is free | The Guardian

Don’t rush to Nepal to help. Read this first | Claire Bennett | Comment is free | The Guardian:



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A Force for Good: How Digital Jedis are Responding to the Nepal Earthquake | iRevolutions

A Force for Good: How Digital Jedis are Responding to the Nepal Earthquake | iRevolutions:



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The Latest on Nepal Earthquake: Death Toll Tops 4,000 - US News

The Latest on Nepal Earthquake: Death Toll Tops 4,000 - US News: "he Latest on Nepal Earthquake: Death Toll Tops 4,000
Stronger quake than Saturday's may be yet to come in Nepal; Kathmandu airport congested."



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DEC launches appeal and government gives £5m to Nepal earthquake relief

DEC launches appeal and government gives £5m to Nepal earthquake relief: "The government will give £2m to the British Red Cross and make another £3m available for charities and other bodies involved in relief efforts in Nepal, following an earthquake which killed more than 3,600 people.
The Disasters Emergency Committee has launched an appeal and has said its member agencies and their partners are "working urgently to provide emergency shelter, food, clean water and blankets"."
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Considerations for the Disaster Relief to Nepal - NPQ - Nonprofit Quarterly

Considerations for the Disaster Relief to Nepal - NPQ - Nonprofit Quarterly: "“We’re just gearing up,” said Roger Hodgson, deputy country director in Nepal for Save the Children. “People have been resilient. But it’s been difficult to get people and supplies into the country, especially to rural areas far from Kathmandu.”

It is a horrendous situation, but will donor countries and donor organizations learn from the lessons of Haiti? Hopefully so, but if so, that means several things:"



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RSAF disaster relief flights bound for Nepal diverted due to congestion | TODAYonline

RSAF disaster relief flights bound for Nepal diverted due to congestion | TODAYonline: "SINGAPORE — Due to congestion at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport, the three Singapore C-130 planes bound for Nepal have been diverted to other airports instead, said Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen in an update on Facebook this evening (April 27)."



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Almost One Million Children In 'Urgent Need' Of Aid After Nepal Earthquake

Almost One Million Children In 'Urgent Need' Of Aid After Nepal Earthquake: ""There are 14 international medical teams on the way and either 14 or 15 international search-and-rescue teams on the way," she said. "They need to get in as soon as possible. They will use military aircraft to get them into Nepal."

Diarrhea was already a growing problem and a measles outbreak was feared, with vaccines in short supply, the U.N. warned in a report."



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Please Donate to Help Nepal’s Earthquake Victims Now | Beth’s Blog

Please Donate to Help Nepal’s Earthquake Victims Now | Beth’s Blog: "The next thing I noticed in my Facebook feed was a post from Robert Scoble mentioning a new Facebook feature that lets you check on friends in a disaster.  I pinged Wendy Harmon from the Red Cross and she mentioned that Facebook had been testing this feature and the Red Cross was working with them through Operation Dragon Fire to ensure the data is appropriately shared with relief operations and safety officials.   Robert noted on a comment in the Facebook thread, that since his hometown was listed as Kathmandu,  it was interesting to get notified by the system and be asked."



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Nepal's Kathmandu valley landmarks flattened by the quake - BBC News

Nepal's Kathmandu valley landmarks flattened by the quake - BBC News: "At least four out of seven Unesco World Heritage sites in the Kathmandu valley - three of them ancient city squares - were severely damaged.
Nepali Times editor Kunda Dixit told the BBC that the destruction was "culturally speaking an incalculable loss", although he said monuments could be rebuilt."

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Bollywood Puts Forces Behind Fundraising For Quake-Hit Nepal | moomblr!

Bollywood Puts Forces Behind Fundraising For Quake-Hit Nepal | moomblr!: "At a time when Nepal is grappling with the consequences of a devastating earthquake, Indian film fraternity members like Anil Kapoor, Dia Mirza and Vir Das have urged their fans and friends to unite and donate through various sources for relief efforts."



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Baltimore group providing aid to Nepal earthquake victims - Baltimore Sun

Baltimore group providing aid to Nepal earthquake victims - Baltimore Sun: "ltimore-based Lutheran World Relief says it is gearing up to provide aid to help those affected by Saturday's massive earthquake in Nepal.



The 7.9 magnitude earthquake struck about 50 miles northwest of Kathmandu, Nepal, at 11:41 a.m. local time Saturday, causing significant damage and killing thousands."



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Here Are Six Ways you Can Give to Nepal Earthquake Relief | TIME

Here Are Six Ways you Can Give to Nepal Earthquake Relief | TIME: "Massive financial support is going to be needed if impoverished Nepal is to rebuild from the devastating weekend earthquake that claimed more than 3,600 lives and flattened buildings, among them some of the country’s best known landmarks. Here’s how you can donate."



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Indian helicopters, Israeli hospitals and Malaysian medics: How the world is coming to Nepal’s aid - Quartz

Indian helicopters, Israeli hospitals and Malaysian medics: How the world is coming to Nepal’s aid - Quartz:



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How to help victims of Nepal quake

How to help victims of Nepal quake: " magnitude-7.8 earthquake devastated Nepal and the Katmandu Valley region, leveling buildings and killing more than 2,500 with the death toll continuing to rise.

Such a powerful quake would result in destruction anywhere, but in a nation as poverty-stricken as Nepal, its citizens are particularly vulnerable.

Aid groups worldwide have mobilized to help. Here's a look at humanitarian efforts underway and links on how to donate online:





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Nepal quake impact could exceed 20 percent of GDP

Nepal quake impact could exceed 20 percent of GDP: "The economic costs of Nepal's devastating earthquake, which has claimed the lives of at least 3,200 people so far and injured thousands more, could exceed $5 billion, equivalent to 20 percent of the impoverished nation's gross domestic product (GDP), says IHS."



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Relief efforts to find survivors intensify amid aftershocks

Relief efforts to find survivors intensify amid aftershocks: "The Pentagon dispatched a cargo plane Sunday to Nepal with about 70 disaster-relief and rescue personnel and their gear to aid the earthquake-ravaged country. The Air Force C-17 is expected to arrive in Nepal on Monday, according to Army Col. Steve Warren, a Pentagon spokesman."



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Nepal earthquake: Canada readies aid, disaster team - Canada - CBC News

Nepal earthquake: Canada readies aid, disaster team - Canada - CBC News: "The Harper government stepped up its response to earthquake-ravaged Nepal on Sunday by dispatching advance elements of its highly specialized Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART)."



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Winnipeg mom, daughter safe in Nepal after Mount Everest avalanche - Manitoba - CBC News

Winnipeg mom, daughter safe in Nepal after Mount Everest avalanche - Manitoba - CBC News: "Winnipeg Nepalis unite

Many of the roughly 700 Nepali people living in Winnipeg have family and friends impacted by the earthquake. And on Sunday, they came together and started raising money to send back home as part of the disaster relief efforts."



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Public, private aid efforts begin after quake - Taipei Times

Public, private aid efforts begin after quake - Taipei Times: "The government and the public yesterday joined forces to organize relief missions to search for survivors of the massive earthquake that struck Nepal on Saturday, with members of a rescue team from the Taipei City Government late on Saturday night having finalized the logistics to set off for Nepal upon receiving an order from the Ministry of the Interior."



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Telecom operators slash call rates to quake-hit Nepal - The Economic Times

Telecom operators slash call rates to quake-hit Nepal - The Economic Times: "Telecom operators MTS India and Tata Teleservices today said they have slashed charges for calls made to earthquake-hit Nepal to support disaster relief efforts.

State-run telecom firms BSNL and MTNL, and private companies like AirtelBSE -1.83 % and Idea CellularBSE 2.03 % have already announced reduction in charges or made free calls to Nepal, where over 2,000 people were killed after a devastating earthquake yesterday.
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Relief on way as Nepal quake disaster death toll rises to 1,950

Relief on way as Nepal quake disaster death toll rises to 1,950: "An Israeli flight carrying doctors, paramedics, medical supplies and baby food takes off Sunday for Nepal where the death toll from the powerful 7.9 magnitude quake that struck the Kathmandu valley continues to rise."



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Colorado relief group waits for word after Nepal quake

Colorado relief group waits for word after Nepal quake: "KUSA – The Colorado Nepal Alliance is waiting for word about its Project Coordinator following the earthquake that rocked the country late Saturday."



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Canada to send disaster relief team to earthquake-stricken Nepal | Ottawa Citizen

Canada to send disaster relief team to earthquake-stricken Nepal | Ottawa Citizen: "Defence Minister Jason Kenney tweeted Saturday night that the government is deploying a Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) to Nepal immediately in response to the earthquake. DART is a military team designed to deploy on short notice to deal with natural disasters or humanitarian emergencies.

Canada is also contributing $5 million to relief efforts, Foreign Affairs Minister Rob Nicholson’s office confirmed late Saturday."



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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Heinz Awards to honor relief workers, others | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Heinz Awards to honor relief workers, others | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: "For their success in re-engaging veterans in meaningful service, Team Rubicon’s founders are among six recipients of the 20th Heinz Awards. The awards, sponsored by the Pittsburgh-based Heinz Family Foundation, recognize Americans in five categories who have made an impact on global social issues. Mr. McNulty, 38, and Mr. Wood, 32, both of Los Angeles, are co-recipients in the human condition category."



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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

American Red Cross takes serious look at using drones for disaster relief, holds off for now - The Washington Post

American Red Cross takes serious look at using drones for disaster relief, holds off for now - The Washington Post: "A new study, commissioned by the American Red Cross, calls drones one of the most promising and powerful new technologies to improve disaster response and relief efforts."



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Monday, April 13, 2015

2 years after Boston Marathon bombings, few survivors seeking help for 'invisible' wounds | Star Tribune

2 years after Boston Marathon bombings, few survivors seeking help for 'invisible' wounds | Star Tribune: "ust 42 survivors have pursued treatment for such problems through the One Fund Center, which was launched in September to aid the 240 victims and family members who received payouts from the main charity established in the wake of the blasts."



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NASA, USGS Breakthrough on Early Earthquake Warning by Smartphones |

NASA, USGS Breakthrough on Early Earthquake Warning by Smartphones |: "Smartphones and tablets can give early warning on large earthquakes in areas where highly technical and more expensive systems are not in place, said a new research."



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Friday, April 10, 2015

A month after Cyclone Pam, some Vanuatu people without aid | Radio New Zealand News

A month after Cyclone Pam, some Vanuatu people without aid | Radio New Zealand News: "The chair of the New Zealand Disaster Relief Forum says nearly a month after Cyclone Pam hit Vanuatu, aid has still not reached some communities."



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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Queensland to create permanent disaster recovery agency | Australia news | The Guardian

Queensland to create permanent disaster recovery agency | Australia news | The Guardian: "Queensland to create permanent disaster recovery agency
New body to get $30m annual funding to deal with aftermath of increased number of severe natural disasters caused by climate change"



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Thursday, March 19, 2015

Here's How You Can Help Vanuatu's Victims of Cyclone Pam | RYOT News

Here's How You Can Help Vanuatu's Victims of Cyclone Pam | RYOT News: "With schools damaged and access to safe drinking water compromised, international aid organizations are stepping up with aid. Here’s whose work you can support:"



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Tropical Cyclone Pam: Vanuatu's government criticises aid groups over poor coordination of disaster relief - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Tropical Cyclone Pam: Vanuatu's government criticises aid groups over poor coordination of disaster relief - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation): "Food and relief supplies finally reached the southern island of Tanna on Wednesday, five days after Pam roared ashore.

However, many of the 80 islands that make up the sprawling archipelago remain without help."



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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Aid workers are attempting to reach Vanuatu's remote islands to provide disaster relief - Newstalk

Aid workers are attempting to reach Vanuatu's remote islands to provide disaster relief - Newstalk: "Relief workers are trying to reach Vanuatu's remote outer islands that were smashed by a huge cyclone over the weekend.

The UN says 24 people are confirmed dead and 3,300 are displaced by the storm that tore through the South Pacific archipelago on Saturday."



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Monday, March 16, 2015

Vanuatu Students Plan Fundraising | Fiji Sun

Vanuatu Students Plan Fundraising | Fiji Sun: "The University of the South Pacific’s Vanuatu Students Association is planning to hold a fundraising drive on Thursday to assist their families back home who were affected by Tropical Cyclone Pam.

Association president Henry Bill said they plan to hold the fundraising at Sukuna Park in Suva."



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UN Conference Weighs Costs of Natural Disasters

UN Conference Weighs Costs of Natural Disasters: "As emergency assistance begins to arrive in cyclone devastated Vanuatu, an international conference on disaster risk reduction considered actions to assist threatened Pacific island nations in warding off future disasters."



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Cyclone Pam: Vanuatu death toll rises as Australia pledges $5m in aid – as it happened | World news | The Guardian

Cyclone Pam: Vanuatu death toll rises as Australia pledges $5m in aid – as it happened | World news | The Guardian: "Australia has pledged a $5m relief package, with foreign minister Julie Bishop saying up to 5,000 people would be assisted with food, water, sanitation and shelter. New Zealand announced an additional $NZ1.5m ($A1.44m; £750,000) of funding, on top of the $NZ1m signalled on Saturday. France is to deploy a navy frigate of relief supplies from New Caledonia."



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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Ice Storm Crisis Draws Baptist Relief Efforts - Crossmap Christian News | U.S.

Ice Storm Crisis Draws Baptist Relief Efforts - Crossmap Christian News | U.S.: "After a Feb. 15-16 ice storm in parts of north Georgia, the Forsyth County Emergency Management Agency reached out to Southern Baptist Disaster Relief (SBDR) of the North American Mission Board (NAMB) to recruit a DR team to help clear fallen trees as electrical crews restored power to local residents."



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International aid charities need protection from anti-terror laws, says parliamentary committee

International aid charities need protection from anti-terror laws, says parliamentary committee: "Humanitarian charities need greater protection from anti-terror legislation when working in conflict zones, a parliamentary committee reviewing charity law has said today.

The Parliamentary Joint Committee on the Draft Protection of Charities Bill, made up of a dozen MPs and peers, took evidence from the Charity Commission itself and from secto"



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Abe to accompany Prince William on tour of disaster-affected Fukushima - AJW by The Asahi Shimbun

Abe to accompany Prince William on tour of disaster-affected Fukushima - AJW by The Asahi Shimbun: "Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will engage in a bit of public relations when he shepherds Britain’s Prince William on a high-profile tour of areas in Fukushima Prefecture devastated by the 2011 disaster.

Abe and William will visit the prefecture on Feb. 28, just days ahead of the fourth anniversary March 11 of the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami that triggered the nuclear crisis there."



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