SMS donation service for Nepal quake victims launched in Brunei

SMS donation service for Nepal quake victims launched in Brunei
YB Pg Dato Dr Hj Mohammad (C) keying in his SMS Brunei Prihatin donation to the Humanitarian Fund for the victims of the earthquake in Nepal.

DONATIONS can now be made to lend a hand to the thousands of victims injured in the devastating earthquakes that struck Nepal's capital of Kathmandu.

This was made possible via the launch of the "SMS Brunei Prihatin" for the Humanitarian Fund for the victims of the Nepal earthquake.

The "SMS Brunei Prihatin" enables subscribers of DST and Progresif Cellular Sdn Bhd to send donations to the victims of the natural disaster via text messages.

Subscribers need only to key in "BANTU" followed by their intended donations which is between 1, 5, 10, 15 or 20 - with no spaces in between.

For example, type in "BANTU20" and send the message to 38111 to present a donation of $20 (S$20).

The collection of these SMS donations will run for 45 days as of yesterday and will close on July 25, 2015.

The SMS donation project, aimed to lessen the burdens of the victims involved in the earthquake, was launched yesterday in a ceremony at the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports.

Personally sending their own donations were the Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports, Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Pekerma Laila Diraja Dato Seri Setia Hj Hazair Hj Abdullah and the Minister of Religious Affairs, Yang Berhormat Pg Dato Seri Setia Dr Hj Mohammad Pg Hj Abdul Rahman, in his capacity as Advisor to the Nepal Earthquake Humanitarian Fund Committee.

The charitable project was a joint co-operation between the Community Development Department, Radio Televisyen Brunei, DST and Progresif Cellular Sdn Bhd.

Also present were the Deputy Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports, Datin Paduka Hj Adina Othman, Acting Permanent Secretary Hj Noor Jusmin Hj Abd Samad and Acting Permanent Secretary of Religious Affairs, Hj Harun Hj Junid.

It was reported by foreign media that the major 7.8 magnitude earthquake occurred on April 25.

But approximately 120 aftershocks followed after and on May 12, another over 7 magnitude earthquake rocked the capital city again.

The US Geological Survey states that magnitudes that range between 6-6.9 are considered "strong" and 7-7.9 are "major".

One of the worst affected areas was Sindhupalchok where over 2,000 died, while in Kathmandu more than 180 buildings in the city centre were destroyed and at least four out of seven UNESCO World Heritage sites in the Kathmandu valley were badly affected.

Thousands more were badly injured by falling debris caused by the quake or powerful aftershocks and many of the country's historic sites have been severely damaged.

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