It's difficult to find words to describe the sheer devastating impact of the Nepal earthquake. However, since last Saturday's big quake, the casualties which were in the hundreds last weekend, surpassed 5,500 today. That figure is likely to continue to rise and as it does, the severity of the situation continues to grow here in the UK as well as other parts of the world.
Much has been said about the speed in which it has taken for supplies to get to Nepal; and as food, water and other amenities become more and more scarce, these supplies are finally getting into the hands of the Nepalese people.
Some of these supplies are in fact powered by solar energy. 8,000 solar lanterns have been sent to the eastern hilly districts of Ramechhap, Okhaldhunga and Sindhuli with half going to the capital Kathmandu. Solar lanterns are nothing new, but they demonstrate how useful they can be during an emergency. Using solar LEDs, the lanterns should provide the Nepalese people with 8 hours of light.
Supplies ready to be shipped to Nepal. The UK has contributed £15m.
Also, solar tent poles are being shipped to provide shelter, light and power to those whose homes were destroyed by the 7.9-magnitude quake. The tent is topped with a SCS solar panel and was originally originally conceived as a camping accessory but has since been used by UN agencies to bring power and light to refugee camps following other natural disasters.
If you would like to donate towards the Nepal disaster you can do so via the British Red Cross website.