The United States Secretary John Kerry has issued a press statement on Saturday, April 25th, on behalf of the U.S. government to express condolences to all of of those affected by the the earthquake in Nepal, including the families of those who died in India, and Bangladesh.
U.S. Secretary John Kerry, in his statement, said that they are working closely with the government of Nepal to provide assistance and support at this time of crisis.
Meanwhile, Ambassador Bodde has issued a disaster declaration in order to immediately release an initial $1 million for humanitarian assistance in Nepal. The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is preparing to deploy a Disaster Assistance Response Team and is activating an Urban Search and Rescue Team to accompany disaster experts and assist with assessments of the situation in Nepal. There are also numerous world leaders and international organizations from around the globe who pledged an immediate aid response and supplies.
The powerful magnitude 7.8 earthquake rocked Nepal on Saturday, killing more than 1,400 people and leveling buildings, establishments and centuries-old temples. Nepali government said that at least 1,457 people were killed.
The India, Pakistan, China, France and Britain also said they would assist Nepal in the relief effort. Within hours, an Indian Air Force C-130 landed at at Katmandu’s international airport with 39 disaster relief workers and 3.5 metric tons of supplies, according to a spokesman for the Ministry of Defense.