JCB Announces $1M Backhoe Donation to Quake Zone

Ten backhoe loaders were made available immediately to the Nepalese Army and are now at work in the areas worst hit by the disaster

📅   Wed April 29, 2015 - National Edition
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Photo by Krish Dulal. The aftermath of the 2015 earthquake in Nepal.
Photo by Krish Dulal. The aftermath of the 2015 earthquake in Nepal.

JCB is supporting the relief effort in earthquake-hit Nepal by donating backhoe loaders and electrical power generators worth around $1 million.

Ten backhoe loaders were made available immediately to the Nepalese Army and are now 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," said 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."

JCB supplied the backhoes through its dealer, MAW Enterprises Pvt Ltd, in Nepal. The electrical power generators are also en route from JCB India’s factory in Delhi to help stricken communities caught up in the quake.

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 when earthquakes struck Haiti in 2010 and China in 2008, and to southern India, Sri Lanka and Indonesia in 2004 following the Boxing Day Tsunami.