UN says 8 million affected in Nepal earthquake

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KATHMANDU, Nepal — The United Nations says 8 million people have been affected by the weekend earthquake in Nepal that killed nearly 4,400 people and 1.4 million people are in need of food assistance, but the challenge would be to reach them.

Jamie McGoldrick, U.N. resident coordinator in Kathmandu, told reporters that of those affected 2 million people are in the 11 worst-hit districts.

He says that 72 hours after the quake on Saturday, “people are still in a very much hard-ship mode.”

The challenge of supplying to small villages at high altitudes and in rough terrain “is quite significant, he said.

After flying by helicopter over Dhulikhel town, on the north side of the Kathmandu valley, he estimated that about 40 percent of the houses were damaged, but the destruction was erratic.

“Some areas on one ridge are completely untouched, on the other side it’s completely flattened,” he said.

 

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