Tents that are urgently needed by families who have nowhere to shelter after the earthquake have arrived in Kathmandu.

Two weeks after the earthquake, which measured 7.9 on the Richter scale, efforts are ongoing to support the country as its population tries to come to terms with the destruction and lives lost in the disaster.

Islamic Relief has now given food to 5,000 people. We have provided food parcels to communities in Sindhupal and Nuwakot districts. Each food parcel contained 10kg of rice, 3kg of pulses, 1 litre of oil, five packets of biscuits, 10 packets of noodles, one box of matches, and 1kg of salt. Each food pack is designed to last a family of five a week.

This weekend, planes carrying scores of tents landed in Kathmandu. In total, 714 tents have so far arrived in the capital and will be distributed later this week.

Islamic Relief has been working in hard-to-access areas. In many places, we are the first people to reach a community since the earthquake occurred.

Haseeb Khalid, one of Islamic Relief’s aid workers, said: “I spent time talking to a boy in one of the villages. He told me that the children remain scared and every time there is an aftershock, they run away, fearing that the nearby buildings will fall on them.

“He told me that many of the children in his village are too scared to go to school and are too scared to go to the local market.”

Islamic Relief plans to provide humanitarian aid to 10,000 families who have been affected by the earthquake.

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