In a display of unwavering support and solidarity, India has commenced its assistance to Nepal following the devastating earthquake in Jajarkot on November 3, 2023. Today, the first consignment of emergency relief materials worth INR 10 Crore has arrived in Nepalgunj, Nepal, as a part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s commitment to extending all possible assistance.
A special Indian Air Force C-130 flight carried over 11 tonnes of crucial relief materials, including tents and tarpaulin sheets, blankets, sleeping bags, and essential medical supplies such as portable ventilators to aid those affected by the earthquake.
Ambassador of India to Nepal, Naveen Srivastava, representing the Government of India, handed over the relief materials to Nepal’s Deputy Prime Minister & Defence Minister, Purna Bahadur Khadka, in the presence of Chief Minister of Karnali, Raj Kumar Sharma. This marks the beginning of India’s support to Nepal in this hour of need, with additional consignments of relief materials expected to arrive in the coming days.
India, as a close friend and neighbor to Nepal, reaffirms its commitment to providing all possible support to the affected people in the aftermath of the earthquake. India has a history of being a First Responder in crisis situations in its neighborhood and beyond. After the devastating earthquake in Nepal in 2015, the Government of India led Operation Maitri, the largest disaster relief operation abroad, and extended a generous US$ 1 billion for post-earthquake reconstruction in areas such as housing, education, health, and cultural heritage. This included the reconstruction of 50,000 houses in Nepal’s Gorkha and Nuwakot districts. India stands in solidarity with Nepal during this challenging time and continues its commitment to the well-being of the Nepalese people.