Statement and Information on the Earthquake in Nepal

The United States expresses our deepest condolences to all of those affected by yesterday’s earthquake in Nepal, including the families of those who died or were injured.  The United States stands with the people of Nepal and the region during this difficult time.

The U.S. government is working closely with the government of Nepal to provide assistance and support.  U.S. Ambassador to Nepal Peter Bodde has issued a disaster declaration in order to immediately release an initial $1 million for emergency assistance.  The U.S. Agency for International Development is preparing to deploy a Disaster Assistance Response Team and is activating an Urban Search and Rescue Team to accompany disaster experts and assist with assessments of the situation.  U.S. military medics are in Kathmandu and will be coordinating with Nepal Army today and onward on how best to assist.  The United States will continue to coordinate assistance with the Government of Nepal.

For more information on the earthquake, statements by U.S. officials, and U.S. assistance efforts, please see the following links:

Statement by Secretary of State John Kerry:

State Department Blog Post:

State Department Special Travel Advisory:

USAID Nepal Fact Sheet:

USAID Statement on Nepal Earthquake:

Emergency contact information for locating or reporting missing U.S. citizens:

The U.S. Embassy in Kathmandu is located in the Maharajgunj neighborhood of Kathmandu. U.S. citizens in Nepal who need assistance can contact the U.S. Embassy by email at or by phone at +977 423 4100.

You may inform the Department of State of U.S. citizens located in Nepal by visiting, selecting “2015 Nepal Earthquake,” and providing as much information as possible.

You can also contact 1-888-407-4747 (from the U.S. & Canada), +1-202-501-4444 (from overseas), and if you have additional questions or concerns.

A hotline telephone and email address have been established for inquiries from the United States:  1-888-407-4747 and  For inquiries from people in Nepal, we are encouraging calls directly to the Embassy at (+977 1) 423 4068, 423 4120, 423 4494, 423 4269, 423 4340, 423 4542, or 423 4144.