The charity Worldwide Veterinary Service (WVS) is sending out key medical supplies to Nepal in the wake of the devastating earthquake there.

It is working with Nepal-based animal welfare organisations and charities to provide vital aid.

The disaster has so far claimed at least 4,310 lives, destroyed towns and villages, and left thousands of people homeless.

WVS said it was able to provide a rapid action response. Chief executive Luke Gamble said: “’The Nepalese earthquake has had a devastating effect on the people and animals in the affected region. Our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected.

“At times like this, the remit of WVS is to help champion animal welfare at every turn and pooling our resources with our associated charities in Kathmandu and surrounding areas is a must.

“To that end, we have already sent key medical supplies and have an emergency team of experienced vets and disaster emergency relief coordinators poised and ready to go as the situation gets evaluated and as help is required.”

Often, after disasters such as this, WVS carries out mass vaccinations of livestock to stop the spread of disease around aid camps or remote villages.

The United Nations says 8 million people have been affected by the earthquake – more than a quarter of Nepal’s population.

The Disasters Emergency Committee today (April 28) launched an appeal to help victims of the disaster. Donations can be made at or by telephoning 0370 60 60 900. Cheques made payable to the DEC Nepal Earthquake Appeal can also be sent to PO Box 999, London EC3A 3AA.

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