Qatar has started an air bridge to Nepal, upon the directives of HH the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, to supply aid to the Nepalese population affected by a massive earthquake that has killed more than 2,000 and injured a lot more.

Two aircraft laden with Qatari aid materials left on Sunday from Doha, Qatar News Agency (QNA) reported. Each plane carried 60 tonnes of relief materials including foodstuffs, medicines, power generators and tents.

Two other aircraft will leave on Monday with 120 tonnes of relief materials, in addition to a field hospital provided by Qatari Red Crescent (QRC) to deliver medical aid to the affected people.

The Standing Committee of Emergency, Rescue, Relief and Humanitarian Aid, headed by Lekhwiya, undertook the task of preparing the relief materials and coordinating with the concerned authorities.

The aid materials are being flown into the Nepalese capital of Kathmandu by the Qatar National Search and Rescue Team to be handed over to the local authorities for distribution to affected areas, QNA added.

QRC had on Saturday issued an emergency appeal to raise QR12mn for the relief of Nepal earthquake victims and allocated QR1mn for emergency relief operations concerning health, sheltering, water, sanitation and restoring family links.

The Government of Nepal has established a Prime Minister Disaster Relief Fund to receive financial assistance for the rescue and recovery of the victims of the devastating earthquake. The financial contribution can directly be sent to the following bank accounts: Everest Bank Ltd, account numbers 00101102200012 and 00100105200270; Global Bank Ltd    , 0411010000005; Nepal Bangladesh Bank Ltd, 035141C; Nepal Bank Ltd, 002-11-053313, and Standard Chartered Bank Ltd    01-0132438-01.

A copy of the bank receipt along with a covering letter can be sent to the Nepal embassy in Doha, which will update the list of donors contributing to the fund.

The Nepal embassy in Doha can be contacted over telephone numbers 50349940, 55378358, 33587652, or 55337839, or through e-mail:[email protected]; [email protected]
City Express Money Transfer announced in Doha on Sunday that it has waived the charges/commission for all transactions (Money Transfer and Bank Account Transfer) to Nepal until Thursday.

"Our services are available in Islamic Exchange, City Exchange, Al Dar Exchange, Doha Exchange, Al Sadd Exchange, Al Mirqab Exchange, Gulf Exchange and Al Mana Exchange now. Soon the services will be available at Eastern Exchange, Al Jazeera Exchange and Trust Exchange," City Express Money Transfer added in a statement.

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