On 25 April 2015, a 7.9-magnitude
earthquake struck Nepal and caused extensive damage.
Over 100 aftershocks of different magnitudes have been
recorded. More than 8,400 deaths and 18,000 injuries
found. It was estimated that 8.1 million people were
affected and made homeless. They are in desperate needs
for safe drinking water, food, medical service, sanitation
facilities, temporary shelters and fuels, etc. The approaching
rainy season in Nepal is expected to cause more problems
in the affected regions.
It was resolved to donate HK$100,000
via the HKMA Charitable Foundation (Foundation) to Hong
Kong Red Cross (HKRC) to support their relief efforts
in Nepal, which include deployment of Disaster Response
Team, medical volunteers and procurement of relief materials,
providing aids for over 22,000 households.
On 20 May 2015, Dr. SHIH Tai Cho,
President of the HKMA, Dr. CHOW Pak Chin, Chairman of
the Foundation and Dr. Alvin Y.S. CHAN, Vice-President
of the HKMA presented the big cheque to Ms. Bonnie SO,
Secretary General of HKRC.