KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry announced an additional $9 million dollars of U.S. aid towards the emergency response for the massive earthquake in Nepal at a press conference in New York on Monday.
This bring the total to $10 million for the response and recovery efforts underway
Kerry also offered his condolences to the victims of the earthquake, as well as their families.
A relief worker in Nepal says basic necessities are the immediate need in the aftermath of Saturday’s devastating earthquake, which killed more than 4,000 people.
Brad Kerner of Save the Children says people are living outside in crowded, camp-like situations, and he says there’s a threat of diseases.
Help is pouring into Nepal from around the world, as countries send in medical and rescue teams to provide disaster relief.
The Pentagon says two teams of U.S. Army Green Beret soldiers happened to be in Nepal when the deadly earthquake struck Saturday and are staying to help with search and relief efforts.
The 26 U.S. soldiers were in Nepal for high-altitude and other training with the Nepalese army.
The 11-person crew of a C-130 cargo plane that brought them to Nepal also is remaining in case of a request to evacuate any American citizens.
A second Air Force cargo plane is on its way with members of a Los Angeles urban search and rescue team.