World Jewish Relief raises £120,000 for victims of Nepal earthquake

British Jewish charity has called on community to help raise huge sum


Aid agency World Jewish Relief has already raised £120,000 for the victims of the Nepal earthquake.

Over 6,000 people are thought to have been killed in the disaster, with the death toll expected to rise over the coming days and weeks.

WJR said the money raised is providing tents, blankets, food and medical kits for those in need.

At the time of the disaster Paul Anticoni, WJR chief executive, said: “This is a catastrophic natural disaster and we must respond immediately.

“As Jews we feel a deep responsibility to help those beyond our community at this time of huge crisis.

“World Jewish Relief is calling on the British Jewish community to dig deep as usual to do all we can to help.”

Charity IsraAID is also involved in the rescue effort and has helped pull a young Nepalese woman from the
debris of a hotel five days after the quake.

An IsraAID spokesperson said: “IsraAID's search and rescue team in Kathmandu has just rescued Krishna Devi Khadka, a young woman in her late 20s who was stuck in a hotel for five days in an air pocket covered by a body.

“This complicated extraction lasted for hours, the SAR team leading international efforts that included groups from France, Norway, and Nepal.

“After hours of work, the team found her and sent in the medical team from IsraAID's Mexico-based partner CADENA to set up an IV drip and stabilize Ms Khadka.

“When the young woman was finally extracted and carried away to a waiting ambulance, it was to the great relief of the large crowd that had gathered, bringing hope that others may yet be found alive.”

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