India and Nepal respond to landslide with UN support

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With support from the UN humanitarian agency (OCHA), India and Nepal are responding to landslides that have hit the two Asian countries.

According to OCHA, more than 100 people have reportedly been killed by a landslide in western India and about 60 are still missing and feared dead.

Vanina Maestracci is UN Spokesperson in New York.

"The Indian Government is leading the response, and OCHA's regional office in Bangkok has been in close contact with authorities. The annual South Asian rains have triggered a separate landslide in northeast Nepal, where at least 10 deaths have been confirmed. Authorities fear the death toll could climb above 150 people. The Government of Nepal is in the lead to respond to the situation, with support from India and OCHA. (25")

Maestracci said the UN Resident Coordinator is working with aid agencies to respond to Nepalese authorities' request for support in areas including food, shelter and water.

According to reports, a deadly landslide in neighbouring Nepal blocked a river that could burst its banks threatening scores of Indian villages.

That prompted rescue workers to evacuate thousands of people in eastern India on Monday.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations.

Duration: 1’25″

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