Sri Lanka Red Cross launch to provide support to Nepal Red Cross for earthquake assistance

27/04/2015 – Colombo, Sri Lanka: The Sri Lanka Red Cross Society (SLRCS) along with its International Partner International Federation of Red Cross & Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) launched a relief and recovery operation to provide aid assistance to our partner in Nepal, the Nepal Red Cross Society.

Over 3700 people have been killed from the 7.9 earthquake that struck Northwest of the capital Kathmandu on Saturday (25th April 2015). The roads to EQ’s epicentre, have been cleared and rescue teams are on the way. The majority of people remain outside houses, power was off and shops were closed, however, the Government has ordered all the medical stores and big supermarkets to remain open.

“Nepal Red Cross is a strong ally of Sri Lanka Red Cross and its vital that we stand with them and support in their hour of need” says President of Sri Lanka Red Cross Jagath Abeysinghe.

Meanwhile the Director General of Sri Lanka Red Cross Tissa Abeywickrama said “Volunteers and staff of Nepal Red Cross has been proving first aid services, evacuation assistance and relief to the people affected by the quake and have been working around the clock since the incident occurred.”

The Nepal Red Cross Society has extensive experience in responding to natural disasters and plays a lead role in the government’s contingency plans. Emergency responders from the Red Cross trained in first aid and search and rescue have been mobilised to affected areas.

Accordingly a bank account has been opened in Sri Lanka for interested parties to donate to. The account details as follows.

Beneficiary : Nepal Earthquake Assistance
Name of Account : SLRCS International Assistance
Account Number : 0929 1000 0510
Name of Bank : Sampath Bank PLC
Branch : Corporate Branch
Swift Code : BSAMLKLX

For acknowledgement of the donations please forward your details along with a copy of the bank deposit slip to directorgeneral@www.redcross.lk or mail the same to “ The Director General – Sri Lanka Red Cross, 104, Dharmapala Mawatha, Colombo 07, Sri Lanka.”

For more information please contact

Naveendra Senaratne – Media Coordinator
+94 773 171 087 / naveendra.senaratne@www.redcross.lk

Mahieash Johnney – Senior Manager – Communications & Humanitarian Diplomacy
+94 773 502 156 / mahieash.johnney@ifrc.org @mahieash

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