Singapore NGO Mercy Relief’s stages operations in four remote areas in Nepal that have not received aid from other agencies. These remote mountainous areas of Nepal suffered the worst devastation from the quake that have claimed 7,365 lives and injured 18,261 people.

Amid fresh aftershocks and logistical constraints, Mercy Relief’s team continue to deliver medical and food aid as well as temporary shelter to outlying areas indicated in their earlier assessment of the ground situation.

Today, Mercy Relief’s disaster response team and its medical mission venture to Kancha Gaun, Kavrepalanchok District, where 60% of the 1000 households have been affected by the temblor. Kancha Gaun is four hours away from Kathmandu by car. It is probable the team will spend the night outfield in Kancha Gaun.

Mercy Relief’s Chairman Michael Tay, who has just returned from ground zero, explains that Mercy Relief’s mission in Nepal is to provide timely and effective aid to the worst affected villages. “We have, and will carry on, using all our resources to reach the affected communities. Our team and our pool of local ground partners are swift, efficient and adaptable. They are resourceful and find solutions to counter the challenges they face to deliver the aid needed.”

Since arriving in Nepal on 27 April 2015, Mercy Relief has conducted six relief distribution operations with a team of three humanitarian workers. A medical mission composed of two emergency physicians, two orthopedic surgeons and two emergency nurses joined the first response team from 1 May. In total, the team have provided aid and medical assistance to almost 3,000 people. Mercy Relief have received donations for $800,000 since the organisation launched an appeal for the Nepal earthquake.

As of 1 May, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) stated that some 25,000 patients have been provided with health services in the Kathmandu Valley. Over 80 foreign medical teams are in-country and some 68 teams have been tasked to deliver health care in the most affected districts. Trauma, fractures, minor injuries, influenza and diarrhoeal cases were most common. There is a gap in responding to the post-operation discharge and rehabilitative care of patients. Specialized health care located services for groups with special needs including pregnant women and lactating mothers and neonates remains an issue.

Summary of Mercy Relief’s Relief Disbursement Operations and Medical Mission

Tuesday 28 April: 1 RDO
Location: Dhadagaun village, Karvepalanchock District
Relief Items: Food, hygiene kits, medicine
No. of beneficiaries: 850 villagers

Saturday, 2 May: 1 RDO and Mobile Clinic
Location: Dhadagaun village, Karvepalanchock District
Relief Items: Food, hygiene kits and medicine
No. of beneficiaries: 850 beneficiaries
Patients Treated: 125 beneficiaries
Types of medical cases: Dehydration, diarrhoea, headaches, lacerations

Monday, 4 May with CDRA:
Location: Phuiban Marthurapati, Karvepalanchock District
Relief Items: Food and temporary shelter
No. of beneficiaries: 500 beneficiaries

Location: Pakkutol Village, Karvepalanchock District
Relief Items: Food and temporary shelter
No. of beneficiaries: 120 beneficiaries

Location: Kushadhevi Village, Karvepalanchock District
Relief Items: Food and temporary shelter
No. of beneficiaries: 250 beneficiaries

Location: Kushadhevi Village, Karvepalanchock District
Relief Items: Food and temporary shelter
No. of beneficiaries: 70 beneficiaries

About Mercy Relief

Mercy Relief is a Singaporean humanitarian organisation which engages in both disaster relief and sustainable development programmes. It was established in 2003 as an independent non-governmental humanitarian charity responding to the human tragedies in Asia. Mercy Relief’s aid programme focuses on providing timely and effective assistance to disaster-stricken communities and has maintained the delivery of emergency aid within 72 hours from the point of appeal for assistance.  

In the past 12 years, Mercy Relief has disbursed over S$32 million in aid across 40 disaster relief and 53 sustainable development initiatives. Mercy Relief has impacted an aggregate of 2 million lives in 24 countries and areas, namely Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, DPR Korea, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Japan, Laos, Lebanon, Malaysia, the Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal,  Pakistan, Palestine, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam and Yemen.

For more information, you may call us at 6514 6322 or email corporateaffairs@mercyrelief.org