Nepal earthquake: Facebook raises over $10 million for relief

More than half a million users donated to support the International Medical Corps, a global organization's relief effort

By: Express Web Desk | Updated: May 2, 2015 1:31 pm
Mark Zuckerberg, donate button, donate,  million, Nepal earthquake Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg donates an additional million to million donated by Facebook users for Nepal earthquake (Source:AP)

Just two days after Facebook introduced the Donate button to help people who suffered in the Nepal earthquake, the social networking platform was able to collect over $10 million. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg made the announcement in an official Facebook post. 

More than half a million users donated to support the International Medical Corps, a global organisation that is helping with relief efforts in earthquake-stricken Nepal.

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Facebook will also donate an additional $2 million to help those affected by the large scale destruction caused by earthquake that hit Nepal on 25 April. The earthquake has killed more than 6, 000 people and left 70, 000 homeless. More than 13, 000 have also been injured.

Facebook had in October, 2014 also launched a ‘Safety Check’ button which enables users to update their current safety status and location in times of disaster. After the Nepal quake, Facebook activated this for Nepal as well and according to Zuckerberg over 7 million were marked safe via the button.

It should be noted though that a lot of people who might not have been part of the epicentre in Nepal did mark themselves as safe on Facebook, so the 7 million number needs to be taken with a pinch of salt. Nevertheless it is a useful feature given how important social media has become in times of disaster and even relief efforts.  

You can read Mark Zuckerberg’s full post below: 

We’ve seen our community come together in some amazing ways since the earthquake in Nepal. We activated Safety Check and more than 7 million people in the area have been marked as safe. More than 150 million friends were notified and those updates let people rest easier and relief efforts remain focused.

We gave people the option on Facebook to support local relief efforts. In two days, more than half a million people donated and raised more than $10 million to support the International Medical Corps relief effort. Facebook will donate an additional $2 million to local recovery efforts to help those in affected areas.

In times of crisis, the need to connect and share becomes even more critical. WhatsApp and Messenger are being used in Nepal and across the region to get help. Aid workers are using Groups to coordinate and figure out how to get to affected areas. Journalists and media outlets are using Instagram as their primary way to share photos of the events.

It is inspiring to see our community coming together to help people in their time of need. We’re grateful to be serving you, and for all your efforts to support those affected by the Nepal earthquake.

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    Sangita karki
    May 2, 2015 at 1:47 am
    I know what ur guys are doing is great n I salute u for that but plz I beg u don give that money to government. U can take some money out of it n create ur own team n than utilise it. Otherwise ur hard earn money will be in Swiss account of politican. So plz plz think n give or even the best can u help remote area to build their houses so everyday they sleep will look n bless u for the roof they had cause of u. If anybody reads this plz plz share or copy paste in ur status . Plz plz
    1. dust bin
      May 3, 2015 at 10:09 am
      worst government in the world,when aid is flooding from outside, why can't they distribute to it's effected people ,Not entire Nepal is hit with Quake only 25% of land is suffered Quake ,why can't they handle a small area with 90,000 army and govt official and young Nepali volunteers....It seems Nepali Politicians are following direct orders from Chinese Govt to showcase to their own people that no aid is coming from outside world ....Dirty politics ........soon or later Nepal is going to fill with china's Han people as they did with Tibet and they will forcely expell rebals from nepal to leave to other countries who disobey chinese influence
      1. K
        May 2, 2015 at 7:35 am
        thank you so much.. love you for doing this to my country... but victims are not getting anything... individual people are helping victims not the government... so think twice before you send money.. please make sure it goes to right hand but not someone's pocket.
        1. P
          May 2, 2015 at 10:15 am
          I like to say you one thing if you want to donate money; or thing just come to nepal give hand to hand by people possibly : we didn,t trust this government till now all earthquake victim received any thing....possibility to do and all nepali people wants......hope you can.....