Nepal Earthquake: Urgent Need for Water, Sanitation and Food

The 7.8 magnitude quake that struck between the Nepalese city of Pokhara and the capital Kathmandu is the worst to hit the country in 80 years and leaves children particularly vulnerable.

As the death toll rises above 4000 people after the massive earthquake that hit Nepal on Saturday, an estimated hundred thousand people are homeless and in urgent need of water, sanitation and food. The Nepalese government has stepped up its calls for urgent international help and the UN mounts a major relief effort and support in dealing with the humanitarian crisis. UNICEF and World Food Programme have launched massive aid operations.

UNICEF estimates that nearly 1 million children have been “severely affected” by the disaster and has prepositioned supplies, including water purification tablets, hygiene kits, tarpaulins and nutrition supplies. World Food Programme’s specialized emergency teams have arrived into Nepal to support logistics, IT and food needs.

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