Nepal earthquake response: Who’s sending what

International aid organizations and foreign governments are scrambling to get much-needed relief to Nepal.

The weekend’s 7.8-magnitude earthquake near the capital of Kathmandu caused widespread devastation and the death toll has surpassed 3,000.

Officials expect the number of fatalities to increase as rescue crews search for survivors from the country’s worst natural disaster in more than 80 years.

The United States, India, Israel, Pakistan and other governments have sent emergency supplies and personnel such as doctors to Nepal. The Red Cross has 1,500 volunteers and 300 staff on the ground providing basic first-aid and other support.

As the rescue and recovery efforts continue, many charities, government agencies and nonprofits are sending essential aid and medical assistance. Here are some of the organizations that have announced contributions.

Governments

United Kingdon: It’s Department for International Development announced a £5 million ($7.6 million) aid package on Sunday; £3 million will be used immediately; £2 million will be given to the British Red Cross.

Canada: Donating $5 million Canadian dollars ($4.1 million) to aid organizations to help with life-saving efforts.

Norway: Donated 30 million Norwegian kroner ($3.9 million) for relief efforts.

European Commission: Announced €3 million ($3.3 million) in immediate aid money for Nepal on Sunday.

China: It’s Ministry of Commerce has reportedly given 20 million yuan ($3.2 million) in humanitarian aid, according to the Chinese newspaper, China Daily.

Singapore: Donated 100,000 Singapore dollars ($750,000) to the Singapore Red Cross for aid. Singapore Red Cross agency is appealing for more donations. Has already begun disbursing 50,000 Singapore dollars worth of emergency supplies.

Nonprofits

Save the Children: £300,000 ($454,000) in emergency aid. Expects to eventually send millions.

Christian Aid: Immediately sent £50,000 ($76,000) in aid on Saturday. Has raised £124,000 ($188,000) from donations. Expects to raise over £1 million for this urgent appeal.

Oxfam: The British aid agency said online donations totaled £500,000 in Great Britain and $1 million in the United States.

Companies

Facebook: The social network has developed a new tool called Safety Check. The simple tool sends messages to people who are in Nepal, urging them to click a button to let their Facebook friends know they’re okay.

Google: The search engine has revived its “Person Finder” tool this weekend. The tool helps people search for and post information about missing friends and family in the disaster zone. As of Monday morning, the site hosted 5,600 entries.

Help expand this list. If you are part of a group that is taking part in Nepal relief efforts, please let us know.

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