The Disasters Emergency Committee’s appeal for those affected by the earthquake in Nepal has raised more than £50m in two weeks.
The DEC, a partnership of 13 major aid agencies that runs appeals in response to major humanitarian emergencies, said that more than eight million people had been affected by the the 7.8 magnitude quake that struck west of the country’s capital Kathmandu on 25 April.
It said today that the total amount donated by the UK public since it launched its appeal on 27 April had passed £50m, including £5m donated by the UK government.
This makes the appeal the fourth largest at this stage, behind the appeals for the 2005 Asian tsunami, which went on to raise £392m, the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, which raised £107m, and last year’s Philippines typhoon appeal, which raised £97m.
It is higher at the same stage than the 2011 appeal for those affected by the drought in east Africa, which went on to raise £79m.
The DEC said that funds raised for the Nepal appeal had so far helped member agencies, which include the British Red Cross, Oxfam and Islamic Relief, reach an estimated 310,000 people and they were providing aid in more than 60 villages, camps and towns.
Saleh Saeed, chief executive of the DEC, said: "We are extremely grateful for the extraordinary generosity of the UK public. Despite the immense challenges facing those affected and relief efforts, the response continues to grow day by day. We are now delivering more aid to some of the worst-affected areas, and our members are expanding their efforts into remote regions.
"Our members’ teams are working around the clock to provide essential aid. A huge amount of work remains to be done before the monsoon rains make the response even more difficult and the risk of disease outbreaks increases. The overwhelming generosity of the UK public will help families get through the next few months and rebuild their lives over the coming years."