A C-17A Globemaster aircraft from the Australian Defense Force will arrive in Kathmandu tomorrow with medical supplies. The plane arrived in Sri Lanka today with essential aid.
This grant is the portion of a $17.5 million program aimed at helping Bangladesh, Nepal, and Sri Lanka increase their regional resilience.
As part of an assistance package, Australia will provide 18 ventilators and 10 million masks to some of the worst-affected countries fighting COVID-19.
Meantime, around 4,000 people have signed an online petition demanding Australia to assist Nepal.
The petition asks Foreign Minister Marise Payne for assistance, urging her to “lead the way and coordinate necessary supplies to be airlifted to Nepal as quickly as possible.” “The people of Nepal urgently want Australia’s assistance. We’ve got this. It continues, “We must do this.”
SBS Nepali had inquired about providing aid to Nepal with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade will oversee the relief arrangements and assist in distributing donated products, including 18 ventilators and personal protective equipment (PPE) (10 million masks, over 419,000 gloves, and 3,100 coveralls).
According to a press statement from the Australian government, Australia will offer an extra AUD 7 million (NPR 635 million) in financing to Nepal to help the response to COVID-19.