Norway announced US$3.85m in aid to quake-hit Nepal, Norwegian Foreign Minister tells The Oslo Times 

Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs of Norway, Børge Brende in an exclusive interview with The Oslo Times Editor-in-Chief, Hatef Mokhtar. (Photo: TOT)

Powerful aftershocks continue to hit Nepal on Sunday. Yesterday, a devastating earthquake killed over 2,200 people and wounded more than 5,800. Streets in parts of this country were impassable not so much from quake damages but because of tens of thousands of people have taken up residence there as the quake had rendered them homeless.  Nepalese Prime Minister, Sushil Koirala, who was in Southeast Asia on an official visit, rushed back home and found that Nepalese authorities were ill-equipped to rescue those trapped. Kathmandu is also facing troubles in maintaining adequate supplies of clean drinking water, electricity and food.

Volunteers carry the body of a victim on a stretcher, recovered from the rubbles of a collapsed building in Kathmandu after an earthquake hit Nepal, Saturday, April 25, 2015. (Photo: AP)

Volunteers carry the body of a victim on a stretcher, recovered from the rubbles of a collapsed building in Kathmandu after an earthquake hit Nepal, Saturday, April 25, 2015. (Photo: AP)

The Oslo Times interviewed the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Norway, Børge Brende.

Børge Brende has been a member of the Conservative Party. He has been Minister of Foreign Affairs since 16 October 2013. Brende served as Chairman of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development 2003-2004. In 2005, he took up the appointment of International Vice Chairman of the China Council for the International Cooperation on Environment and Development (advisory board to the State Council).

Q:  Nepal, a South Asian nation has been worst hit by a deadliest earthquake. What is your message?

A:  It’s very tragic. A powerful earthquake (7.8 magnitudes) has hit that country that unleashed huge human losses besides material losses. It has left devastating effects on Nepal. Over 1800 people are dead and nearly 45,000 people are injured. We stand with the people of in this hour of trouble and crisis. And we are upping our aid and relief efforts.

Q: What the Norwegian government is doing in terms of aid and relief?

A: Our government has pledged NKR30 million (US$3.85m) in aid and relief support. And we are already coordinating with international humanitarian organization. We are deploying health worker and rescuers. And we will provide clean drinking water facilities as well.

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