Komorowski appeals to Poles to help quake-stricken Nepal
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President Bronisław Komorowski has called on his countrymen to join fundraising actions for Nepal in the wake of Saturday's catastrophic earthquake.
“On behalf of organizations such as the Polish Humanitarian Organization, Caritas Poland, the Polish Red Cross, the Polish Centre for International Aid and UNICEF Poland I'm making an appeal with a warm request to engage in this matter and transfer money to the accounts of these organisations, so that necessary things can be bought for the Nepalis, who are in colossal, terrible need,” the president said while in Wrocław.
Komorowski also paid tribute to the team of 81 Polish firefighters and specialists who have been working on the ground in Nepal, noting that Poles are “proud” and “grateful.”
Nepalese officials now say that the death toll has reached 5000, and it is expected to rise considerably higher.
Coordination of the rescue efforts has proved difficult, with the Nepalese government saying it is “overwhelmed” by the catastrophe.
It has emerged that in some remote rural areas, aid has yet to arrive.
The UN has estimated that over 8 million people have been affected by the earthquake and that about 70,000 houses have been levelled.
Those keen to donate for the Nepalese cause can make a transfer to Caritas Poland (Bank no: 70 1020 1013 0000 0102 0002 6526, with the reference 'Nepal'), the Polish Humanitarian Organization (Bank no:12 1140 1010 0000 5228 6800 1012, with the reference 'Pomoc dla Nepalu), the Polish Centre for International Aid Bank (no: 12 1140 1010 0000 5228 6800 1012, with the reference 'Pomoc dla Nepalu), and UNICEF Poland (Bank no: 41 1020 1013 0000 0702 0005 9055 , with the reference 'Pomoc dla Nepalu). (nh)