Minister confirms all Irish citizens now accounted for in Nepal01 May 2015
Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan, TD, today stated that since the earthquake in Nepal on Saturday the Department had been notified of some 170 Irish citizens in the region affected.
Since the Department activated its Emergency Consular Response Centre on Saturday, the Emergency Consular Response team has worked urgently with officials at our Embassy in New Delhi to ensure that all citizens notified to us were accounted for. Late last night the Emergency Consular Response Team made contact with the final Irish citizen who was outstanding on their list.
Confirming the good news, Minister Flanagan said:
"I am delighted that all Irish citizens notified to my Department have now been accounted for, and that many of them are now safely home in Ireland. The Consular Division of my Department and our Embassy in New Delhi remain in ongoing contact with a number of people who have yet to leave Nepal, and will continue to assist those citizens and families who require additional support.
"I know this has been a difficult experience for many Irish visitors to Nepal. While it is good news that there has been no Irish fatality, my thoughts remain with the people of Nepal at this very tragic time.
"Our initial funding of €1,000,000 will provide life-saving assistance to families who have been displaced. Officials in Irish Aid will continue to monitor needs assessments and requests from the Government of Nepal, and my Department will ensure that Ireland responds to this crisis in the best way we can."
Minister for Development, Trade Promotion and North South Co-operation, Seán Sherlock, TD, added that a member of the Rapid Response Corps is deploying to Nepal:
"Yesterday, I announced that we are dispatching 63 tonnes of our prepositioned tents, tarpaulins, blankets and other emergency relief items under Ireland’s Rapid Response Initiative to help the Nepalese people in an airlift valued at over €500,000. Today, a highly skilled member of our Rapid Response Corps is deploying from Cork to Kathmandu to work as surge capacity with UNICEF in the water and sanitation area.
"It is certainly good news for all the families and friends involved of Irish citizens in the region, that they are all accounted for. Our energy must now go to Supporting the Nepalese people in combating this disaster."
1 May 2015
Notes to Editor:
• The Department has a standing Consular Emergency Response Centre that can be activated quickly in response to events abroad and the needs of Irish citizens;
• The Centre and the Department’s dedicated Emergency Response phone line were activated on Saturday following the earthquake and concerns from Irish families about loved ones in the affected area;
• The number of citizens with whom there had been no contact was coming steadily down each day, and the Department Emergency Consular Response Team made contact with the last person last night.
• The Emergency Response telephone line will be stood down as of Friday lunchtime;
• Irish Aid is the Government’s overseas assistance programme. It is managed by the Development Cooperation Division of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. For further information see www.irishaid.ie
• On April 27th, the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan, TD, and Minister of State for Development, Trade Promotion and North South Co-operation, Seán Sherlock, TD, announced initial funding of €1,000,000 from Ireland to provide life-saving assistance to families displaced by the earthquake in Nepal.
• This funding is being made available through the Emergency Response Fund Scheme, one of Irish Aid’s humanitarian funding mechanisms which pre-positions emergency funding with key partner NGOs for use in sudden onset emergencies and through Ireland’s Rapid Response Initiative.
• As part of Ireland’s Rapid Response Initiative, Irish Aid pre-positions emergency humanitarian supplies within the UN Humanitarian Response Depot (UNHRD) Network of hubs around the globe. These hubs are strategically located near disaster-prone areas - in Accra (Ghana), Brindisi (Italy), Dubai (UAE), Panama City (Panama) and Subang (Malaysia) - within airport complexes, close to ports and main roads.
• The Rapid Response Corps is a roster of highly-skilled and experienced volunteers who make themselves available to deploy at short notice to work with Ireland’s UN partners as surge capacity in their humanitarian emergency situations. The Corps currently comprises over 90 individuals with specialised skills in logistics, engineering, water and sanitation, humanitarian coordination and protection.