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More than 1.4 million people affected by Saturday’s devastating earthquake in Nepal are in need of food assistance, a United Nations spokesman said Monday.
Citing Nepalese government figures, U.N. spokesman Farhan Haq said an estimated 8 million people had been affected by the magnitude-7.8 quake in 39 of Nepal’s districts. He added that the United Nations was releasing $15 million from its central emergency response fund for quake victims. The funds will allow international humanitarian groups to scale up operations and provide shelter, water, medical supplies and logistical services.
Trucks carrying food were on their way to affected districts outside the hard-hit and densely-populated Kathmandu valley, and distribution of the food was expected to start Tuesday.
The death toll from the earthquake could reach 10,000, Nepal’s prime minister said Tuesday.
“The death toll could go up to 10,000 because information from remote villages hit by the earthquake is yet to come in,” Sushil Koirala told Reuters.
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