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JCB donates $1m of kit to Nepalese relief effort

The British equipment manufacturer dispatched 10 of its backhoe loaders and a selection of electrical power generators to earthquake-hit Nepal

A JCB backhoe loader pictured in Kathmandu, Nepal, on 28 April 2015, digging through the debris of a collapsed ancient temple after the earthquake.
A JCB backhoe loader pictured in Kathmandu, Nepal, on 28 April 2015, digging through the debris of a collapsed ancient temple after the earthquake.

JCB has donated $1m equipment to support Nepalese relief efforts.

The British manufacturer dispatched 10 backhoe loaders and a selection of electrical power generators following last week’s earthquake, which has left more than 5,000 people dead and 10,000 injured.

The backhoe loaders were made immediately available to the Nepalese Army, and are now at work in the worst-hit areas.

“It is shocking to see the devastation caused by this earthquake and the resulting widespread damage and destruction,” commented JCB chairman, Lord Bamford.

 

“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 every possible way,” he added.

The company supplied the backhoes through its authorised Nepalese dealer, MAW Enterprises. The generators, meanwhile, are currently en route from JCB’s factory in Delhi, India.

The backhoes 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 machines will be used in reconstruction efforts.

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