Algeria lends support to Nepal following earthquake

The Government of Algeria has granted an emergency aid package to Nepal, following the devastating earthquake that struck the country five days ago.

The package includes an immediate financial assistance of one million dollars. The rest are equipment and relief items including tents, blankets and pharmaceutical drugs, as well as a 70-member rescue team with equipment dispatched to the disaster area to help with relief efforts.

These were contained in a press statement signed by the Algerian Ambassador to Ghana, Mr Youssef Delileche and copied to the Ghana News Agency in Accra.

“The Embassy further wishes to inform that the air transport of the donated items has already started the procedure of routing with 63 tons of equipment made up of 5,000 blankets, 200 tents and drugs”, the statement said.

Official sources have put the death toll at about 5,500, with several thousands injured in the disaster.

According to the World Food Programme, about 1.4 million victims are in need of urgent relief assistance. GNA

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