UN preparing to mount major relief effort in Nepal

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A 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal on 25 April, 2015. Photo: UNDP/Nepal

A major relief effort in Nepal is being prepared by the United Nations, as reports of the devastation caused by an earthquake that struck the Kathmandu Valley are still incoming.

The UN says hospitals area overcrowded and running short of emergency supplies.

In a statement on Saturday, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said thoughts are with the people of Nepal and neighbouring countries.

Stephanie Coutrix reports.

At 11:56 local time, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck the South Asian country, with epicenter in Lamjung District, north-west of the capital Kathmandu.

Initial estimates from the government indicated there were over 1000 people killed, but this number is expected to increase.

There has reportedly also been significant damage to Nepal's cultural heritage.

On behalf of the UN, Ban Ki-moon said he was sending his deepest condolences to the Government of Nepal and to everyone affected, particularly to the families and friends of those who perished and were injured.

He added that the UN is supporting the Government in coordinating international search and rescue operations and is preparing to mount a major relief effort.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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