Nepal: Companies respond to earthquake, aid rescue mission & rehabilitation efforts

A strong, magnitude 7.8 earthquake rocked Nepal on 25 April 2015, destroying buildings, damaging historic temples, and killing thousands. The temblor was caused by a sudden thrust, or release of built-up tension, along the major fault line where the plate carrying India is slowly diving underneath the one carrying much of Europe and Asia, according to the US Geological SurveyAfter the main quake, 14 aftershocks were felt by local people with some strong enough to cause more damage, up to a magnitude 6.6. The earthquake is reported to have killed more than 8000 people and left more than 18,00 injured. Several industry organizations stepped in to help with supplies, food and money to aid in the relief effort, while tech and telecom companies offered much needed services to find missing people, contacting people and contribute donations. 

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12 May 2015

Phone and web companies race to reconnect quake-hit Nepal

Author: Reuters

Buildings wrecked by Tuesday's earthquake in Nepal, already weakened by last month's huge quake which killed over 8,000, will take years to rebuild. But another type of infrastructure will bounce back much sooner: communication networks...Enabling aid workers and civilians to access the internet, make a phone call or send a text is now seen as a vital part of any humanitarian response. The World Food Programme (WFP) has deployed some innovative kit to make this possible in Nepal...The WFP, in collaboration with the Luxembourg government, the phone company Ericsson and Nethope, a grouping of NGOs, has developed mobile data antennas small enough to be taken on a commercial flight.

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11 May 2015

Five Boston-area companies that are helping Nepal's earthquake victims

Author: www.bizjournals.com

Several Boston-area companies are helping in relief efforts for earthquake victims. Below, highlighted a few:

  • HeyWire, maker of consumer and business text messaging apps, has put together a map showing damages based on real-time information from the government of Nepal.
  • Global Rescue, a provider of crisis response services for enterprise-level companies, governments and individuals, has been conducting rescue missions in Nepal.
  • Comcast (Nasdaq: CMCSA) is offering free phone calls to Nepalthrough the end of the month.
  • Digital Lumens, an intelligent lighting company, has an employee from Nepal who started an internal, office-wide fundraising campaign to support efforts in his family's village. 
  • Splitzee, a Boston-based startup that makes it easier for people to pool money in groups to pay for items, has partnered with San Francisco-based Gham Power and co-working space Impact Hub Boston to create and distribute solar power units to earthquake victims in Nepal.

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4 May 2015

Companies respond to disaster in Nepal

Author: Whole Foods Magazine

In the wake of a 7.8 earthquake devastating Nepal on April 25, several industry organizations have stepped in to help with supplies, food and money to aid in the relief effort...NBTY, Inc., a manufacturer of vitamins and nutritional supplements, will be donating more than $500,000 worth of Nature’s Bounty vitamins and supplements and nutrition bars from Balance Bar. A monetary contribution was made by the company to aid in the relief effort as well, according to the company.

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4 May 2015

Henry Schein commits $500,000 in health care product donations to support Nepal earthquake relief efforts

Author: PR Newswire

Henry Schein, Inc. (NASDAQ:  HSIC), the world's largest provider of health care products and services to office-based dental, animal health and medical practitioners, announced today the Company's commitment of $500,000 in product donations to support relief efforts for victims of the devastating earthquake in Nepal.  In addition, the Company has opened the Henry Schein Cares Nepal Disaster Relief Fund through the Henry Schein Cares Foundation. Contributions made to this fund will be applied directly and completely to support relief organizations' efforts.

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4 May 2015

Nepal Earthquake — Corporate Aid Tracker

Author: US Chamber of Commerce Foundation

Companies are mobilizing their expertise, capabilities, and resources to assist with the recovery efforts following the earthquake in Nepal. Businesses have pledged $26.8 million in cash and additional in kind contributions in support of relief and recovery efforts. The donations shown represent a combination of information submitted by companies and data readily available through public sources.

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3 May 2015

Nepal quake: Insurance companies all set to disburse claims

With the powerful quake wreaking havoc in Nepal, killing thousands and causing damage to the properties running into crores, insurances firms are gearing up to disburse claims to the affected people, including with the help of India’s state-run General Insurance Company...The insurance companies are in the process of assessing the total disbursal of the claim amount as not many people have approached them yet, but they expect the figure will run into several crores.

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3 May 2015

Telecom operators MTS India, Tata Teleservices slash call rates to earthquake ravaged Nepal

Author: Press Trust of India

Telecom operators MTS India and Tata Teleservices...said they have slashed charges for calls made to earthquake-hit Nepal to support disaster relief efforts. State-run telecom firms BSNL and MTNL, and private companies like Airtel and Idea Cellular have already announced reduction in charges or made free calls to Nepal, where over 2,000 people were killed after a devastating earthquake yesterday.

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27 April 2015

Indian companies pulling out all stops to aid rescue mission, offering men, money and materials

As the Indian government undertakes its biggest overseas relief and rescue mission in quake-hit Nepal, India Inc has got into the act as well, acting as a force multiplier to official efforts and adding to the country's most expansive overseas humanitarian intervention to date...From large conglomerates to tiny startups, corporate India is pulling out all the stops to aid the rescue mission in Nepal, offering men, money and materials on a scale never done in the past. From blankets to drinking water to medicines to food to discounted air fares to simply cash, a steadily growing parade of companies is committing resources to help the stricken neighbour. [companies named: Godrej Industries, Coca-Cola, Mahindra & Mahindra, ITC, Emami, Pepsico, Rasna, Dabur, SpiceJet, Air India, Payment Wallet Oxigen, Paytm, Shopclues, Jombay]

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27 April 2015

Nepal Earthquake: Multinationals Pause Operations, Offer Relief

Author: Shefali Anand, Washington Post

Multinational companies with units in Nepal have broadly halted operations in the country as they try to account for staff and help the relief effort..Coca-Cola Co., which operates two bottling plants in Katmandu and Bharatpur, said that although its factories had not been affected, it has put operations on hold...Standard Chartered Plc, the only major multinational to run a bank in Nepal, said that it is trying to keep part of its business open to enable locals to withdraw cash and do basic banking...Other major global firms with a presence in the country include Danish firm Carlsberg Group the maker of Tuborg beer, and consumer-products giant Unilever Plc.

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26 April 2015

How Tech Firms Are Helping People In The Nepal Earthquake Zone

Author: Tajha Chappellet-Lanier, NPR

As the nation struggles to deal with the devastation of a magnitude 7.8 earthquake that has left more than 4,000 people dead, information about survivors, those still in danger and what resources are needed is in high demand. Tech and telecom companies are stepping up to offer much needed services. From Apple to Viber, each has something a little bit different to offer.

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