Manila, April 27:
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) announced on Monday more than $200 million in aid for Nepal in response to a 7.9-magnitude earthquake that has caused more than 3,300 deaths and widespread destruction, Efe news agency reported.
ADB president Takehiko Nakao said the bank would immediately release $3 million for humanitarian aid efforts, including medical assistance and provision of water, food and shelter for victims.
The Manila-based financial entity said in a statement that it would later contribute another $200 million for re-construction work.
“ADB stands together with the people of Nepal and the government at this challenging time, I assure you of our fullest support in the aftermath of the earthquake, for relief, rehabilitation, and reconstruction,” Nakao said in a letter to the Nepal government. (IANS)