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Nepal earthquake: UK aid response

Latest updates and summary of the UK's humanitarian response to the Nepal earthquake.

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An RAF C17 aircraft is loaded with aid from the British people, headed for people affected by the earthquake in Nepal. Picture: Steve Lympany/MOD
An RAF C17 aircraft is loaded with aid from the British people, headed for people affected by the earthquake in Nepal. Picture: Steve Lympany/MOD

On 25 April, a magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck an area between Kathmandu and Pokhara, Nepal. The government of Nepal has requested international assistance and the UK government is responding. Thousands are in need of shelter, water and food. We are working to ensure survivors get the help they need.

Summary of UK humanitarian response

The UK’s humanitarian response now stands at more than £33 million and includes:

  • £10 million to rebuild vital health services in the worst affected districts;
  • £5.3 million for UN agencies in Nepal to coordinate the international relief effort and provide clean water and shelter for affected families;
  • £3 million released under the Rapid Response Facility (RRF) to six charities and NGOs already working on the ground: Save the Children, Mercy Corps Scotland, Care International UK, ActionAid, Oxfam and Handicap International;
  • £2 million for the British Red Cross;
  • £5 million to match public donations to the Disasters Emergency Committee’s appeal, which will support NGOs on the ground;
  • a £5 million package to provide a further team of 30 trauma medics, logistical support and equipment to ease congestion at Kathmandu Airport and humanitarian experts in water, health and sanitation. DFID also deployed a team of more than 60 UK International Search and Rescue (UKISAR) responders and specialist rescue dogs;
  • £2.5 million for the UN Humanitarian Air Service to enable organisations already on the ground to deliver aid to isolated areas; and
  • more than £300,000 for Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) to provide two Airbus 350 helicopters to get help to more remote regions

Infographic: UK aid response to Nepal earthquake - last updated 20 May.

Infographic: Ricci Coughlan/DFID
Infographic: Ricci Coughlan/DFID

In pictures: photos of the UK’s humanitarian response to the Nepal earthquake

Latest news

20 May

Women and girls receive support as Britain helps rebuilding efforts in Nepal

9 May

Additional British Army Gurkhas join relief efforts in Nepal

6 May

British aid provides shelter for over 65,000 Nepalese people

3 May

UK boosts international aid effort in Nepal

2 May

More vital UK aid reaches Nepal

1 May

Fast-tracked funding released for charities on the ground in Nepal

30 April

UK government deploys Chinook helicopters to Nepal

Vital aid reaches Nepal with arrival of RAF C-17 aircraft

29 April

£5m rescue and relief aid boost for Nepal earthquake effort

27 April

Gurkha engineers preparing for deployment to Nepal

26 April

UK humanitarian aid released for Nepal earthquake victims

British search and rescue responders and medics deployed to Nepal

25 April

UK humanitarian experts deployed to Nepal

Foreign Secretary Statement on Nepal earthquake

Published 28 April 2015
Last updated 20 May 2015 + show all updates
  1. Updated funding amounts
  2. Updated infographic 14 May 2015.
  3. Insert of link to press release
  4. Latest MOD efforts to provide aid to Nepal
  5. Slight change to overall funding figure
  6. Change in Flickr link
  7. Change in infographic information
  8. New infographic
  9. New funding announcement
  10. 2 May update - More vital UK aid reaches Nepal
  11. Added information on RRF funding
  12. 30/4/15 - announcement of 3 RAF Chinooks additional funding for UN helicopters
  13. Infographic of UK's response added.
  14. Additional £5 million support announced 29 April 2015
  15. First published.