Nepal quake: Facebook raises funds
Kathmandu: Social networking website Facebook has raised funds over $10 million within two days to support earthquake-torn Nepal.
The Himalayan nation was rattled by a powerful earthquake measuring 7.9 on Richter Scale on April 25 which left over 6,000 dead and injured more than 10,000.
“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 Media Corps relief effort,” a status posted by Facebook founder and chief executive officer (CEO) Mark Zuckerberg said.
“Facebook will donate an additional $2 million to local recovery efforts to help those in affected areas.”
The popular social media platform had also activated a safety feature where more than seven million people in Nepal have been marked as safe.
The Facebook CEO has also stated that it is inspiring to see communities coming together to help people in their time of need.