WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — On April 25, a 7.8-magnitude earthquake hit Nepal followed by a series of strong aftershocks, including a 7.3-magnitude earthquake on May 12. More than 8,700 people are estimated to have been killed, and twice as many were injured. Several areas in neighboring India, China and Bangladesh were also affected.
The spokesperson stressed that this pledge is only the beginning of US contribution.
“We will continue to work with Nepal to support its long-term earthquake recovery needs in the future,” Kirby said.
According to the UN, the natural disaster left nearly 500,000 families homeless and several million in need of medical and humanitarian assistance.