ILO director-general reaffirms support to Nepal reconstruction following second earthquake
The latest major earthquake to hit Nepal comes as recovery efforts are still on-going in the central districts devastated by the earthquake that struck on April 25, according to ILO director-general Guy Ryder.
"Our hearts go out to the families who have lost loved ones, and who had their houses and livelihoods destroyed by these two tragedies," he said.
It is estimated that millions of workers were affected by the first earthquake, he said, adding that the number is likely to rise in the coming hours and days as the result of the second earthquake. "The need to help vulnerable households rebuild their lives is more urgent than ever."
In the medium term, and to ensure a sustainable recovery, small and medium enterprises in sectors such as tourism will require significant support, the ILO director general added.
The International Labour Organisation (ILO) will continue to work closely with its partners on the ground, including the government of Nepal, to assist in reconstruction efforts, he promised.