NEW YORK, April 29, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- AJC is supporting IsraAID teams that are in Nepal responding to the devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake that left at least 5,000 dead in the country's capital city of Kathmandu.
"The loss of life and damage wrought by this massive earthquake in Nepal challenges us to respond with humanitarian relief, medical assistance and search and rescue efforts," said Shira Loewenberg, director of AJC's Asia Pacific Institute. "Our thoughts are with the families who lost loved ones, and our prayers with the missing and with the many injured."
AJC has supported IsraAID: The Israel Forum for International Humanitarian Aid over the years in responding to a number of humanitarian crises in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. "IsraAID, our partner, often is one of the first non-governmental groups to reach the site of a disaster, no matter the distance from Israel, and provide urgently needed assistance," Loewenberg said.
For Nepal, the Israeli military quickly responded, setting up a field hospital in Kathmandu to treat earthquake survivors. Nepal is a popular tourist destination, with more than 10,000 Israelis visiting annually.
SOURCE American Jewish Committee