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May 12, 2015
Caterpillar employees, the Caterpillar Foundation and Cat® dealers have been helping Nepal since the 7.8-magnitude earthquake hit Nepal April 25 and a 7.3-magnitude earthquake shook the country again May 12.
Reports indicate more than 8,000 lives were lost following the first quake two weeks ago. On Tuesday, at least 65 people died in Nepal and at least 17 died in India. The earthquakes damaged buildings and infrastructure and disrupted communications and transportation in some areas, especially areas around the capital, making it difficult to get help to those in need.
The Caterpillar Foundation, which is a member of the American Red Cross Annual Disaster Giving Program (ADGP), provides funding annually and is also matching Caterpillar employee, retiree and dealer contributions. The American Red Cross has committed over $5 million to the global Red Cross response to the earthquake. To donate to the Red Cross, click here.
Cat dealer Tractors Nepal Private Limited (TNPL) is working with its construction customers to provide machinery to support the rescue operations. TNPL is also supplying power through Cat generator sets, helping sustain operations at this critical time. Cat dealer Tractors India Private Limited (TIPL), has offered additional construction equipment for Nepal with four backhoe loaders and four excavators.
Kalika Constructions, TIPL customer, deployed the machines to the three affected areas of Bhaktapur, Sundhara and Singh Darber (Darbar Square) for the first phase of clean-up efforts. Kalika Constructions is proud to offer all equipment free to help Nepal in this time of need and will be available to the Nepal government for three months.
TNPL Director Subir Bhattacharjee is joining the TNPL team on the ground today to determine deployment of machines to help with restoration operations. TIPL has also contributed Rs. 5 million to help the citizens of Nepal, sent through the Confederation of Indian Industry.