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Mercy Relief and Qoo10 raise over $30,000 for Nepal quake victims

The previous deadliest earthquake was in 1934 and killed at least 8,519 in Nepal and thousands more in India. Photo: Getty

Singapore charity Mercy Relief has raised over S$30,000 for its Nepal Earthquake Relief 2015 fund.

In a collaboration with online marketplace Qoo10, the fundraising campaign saw Qoo10 users donating cash or loyalty points (Q points, Q stamps) earned on the site. One hundred per cent of the proceeds went directly to Mercy Relief. A total of S$33,945.68 was raised between 8 May to 30 June this year.

Mercy Relief’s rapid assessment team was deployed to ground zero 48 hours after the 25 April earthquake devastated the country. Since 28 April, the team have conducted 27 relief distribution operations and eight medical missions servicing some of the remotest villages in Kathmandu and other districts.

In total, Mercy Relief have reached out to nearly 20,000 beneficiaries including 700 patients, which the six-man medical team treated. Mercy Relief’s next phase will focus on permanent shelter reconstruction after the monsoon season passes.

More than 8,600 people were killed in the 7.8-magnitude quake and almost 600,000 homes were destroyed in the Himalayan nation.