Cabinet has agreed to donate $150,000 US dollars to the International Federation of the Red Cross as emergency relief efforts continue, to assist the people of Nepal affected by the devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake.
Communications Minister, Vasant Bharath , made the announcement at the weekly post cabinet news briefing held at the office of the Prime Minister, St. Clair this afternoon.
Officials say Saturday’s quake injured at least 11,000 people.
The United Nations says more than eight million people have been affected and about 70,000 houses destroyed.
Dozens of countries are supporting the aid operation, contributing search-and-rescue teams, aircraft, medical supplies and communications equipment.
Minister Bharath told reporters the government has decided to contribute financially to assist many of those affected in Nepal.
Mr Bharath also confirmed that attention is also being placed on developing proper building code standards locally.
Communications Minister, Vasant Bharath
Writer and Reporter: Dennis James