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April 29, 2015 12:05 pm

UN: Israel Sent Second Largest Delegation to Nepal for Earthquake Relief Efforts

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IDF soldiers in Kathmandu are working around the clock and preparing equipment to get the Nepal field hospital running. Photo: IDF Instagram

Israel has sent the second largest delegation to assist Nepal following last Friday’s massive earthquake near Kathmandu, according to the United Nations’ Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

According to the report, Israel has sent more than 260 people to beleaguered Kathmandu since the last Friday. This is about 200 more people than the next country, the UK, which sent 68 people.

The largest delegation, from India, comprised of 450 people. China has sent 62 people, and the US offered 54 volunteers.

A separate CNN report listed financial aid by country. According to these numbers, the US has donated the most, at $10 million, followed by the UK at $5 million.

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The chart was compiled from information provided by national governments and aid agencies.

Meanwhile, Nepali Prime Minister Sushil Koraila and the Nepali army chief of staff both visited the field hospital erected by Israeli disaster relief volunteers in Kathmandu, which included IDF officers.

On Wednesday, the Nepali prime minister said that the country needs about half a million tents to provide shelter for the nearly half a million people who have been left stranded since the earthquake, which killed more than 5,000 people and destroyed thousands of buildings.

About 2,000 Israeli travelers were in Nepal when the earthquake and aftershocks struck last weekend. All but one of these travelers, 22-year-old Or Asaf, was found by Wednesday afternoon.

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this article cited a CNN report which excluded mention of India’s aid delegation to Nepal. With the omission of India, we incorrectly stated that the Israeli aid delegation was the largest.

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