Korean Red Cross to offer $4 million for quake-hit Nepal

June 2, 2015
(AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)

(AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)

SEOUL, June 2 (Yonhap) — The Korean Red Cross said Tuesday it has decided to increase its assistance to quake-hit Nepal to US$4 million in a bid to help Nepalese people better cope with the disaster.

In late April, the Korean Red Cross earmarked $250,000 in emergency relief funds to help refugees in Nepal as more than 8,000 people were killed in the magnitude 7.8 earthquake that hit the country on April 25. Another strong quake struck the nation in May.

The organization said that it has decided to expand its support to the quake-ravaged country as damage from the quakes is feared to rise.

It added that its supply of aid will help the country to do reconstruction work over the long term.

South Korea has so far delivered $1.48 million in aid and sent 46 rescue workers and medics to Nepal.