JCB has lent support to the relief efforts in earthquake-hit Nepal by donating diggers and electrical power generators worth around $1 million.
The company provided ten backhoe loaders immediately to the Nepalese Army. These are at work in the areas worst hit by the disaster which has left more than 5,000 people dead and 10,000 injured.
“It is shocking to see the devastation caused by this earthquake and the resulting widespread damage and destruction. On behalf of JCB, I express my heartfelt condolences to everyone affected by this natural disaster. JCB will continue to help the Nepalese Government in very possible way,” said JCB Chairman Lord Bamford.
JCB supplied the backhoes through its dealer, MAW Enterprises Pvt. Ltd, in Nepal. The electrical power generators were also en route from JCB India’s factory in Delhi to help stricken communities caught up in the quake, the company said in a release dated April 29, 2015.
The JCB backhoe loaders have been deployed to help ground relief efforts in the aftermath of the earthquake which measured 7.8 on the Richter Scale. In the coming weeks and months, the donated machines will be used in reconstruction efforts.
JCB has a long history of helping countries affected by major natural disasters, providing $ 500,000 worth of machines and generators to the Philippines when Typhoon Haiyan struck in 2013. Machines were also donated by the company when earthquakes struck in Haiti in 2010 and in China in 2008 and to southern India, Sri Lanka and Indonesia in 2004 following the Boxing Day Tsunami.