UN scaling up emergency response activities in Nepal

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Operations to address the most urgent needs of people in Nepal are being scaled up by the UN and its partners.

In the aftermath of the powerful earthquake that hit Nepal on Saturday, UN agencies have responded by deploying staff and sending emergency supplies.

Stephanie Coutrix reports.

According to latest estimates and media reports, Saturday’s quake killed at least 3,600 people and left thousands more injured.

Many of those who survived lost their homes and are living in the open or in tent settlements.

Staff from the UN's humanitarian office, OCHA, have been deployed to set up a centre to coordinate search and rescue efforts.

The World Health Organization is sending an emergency team to address the most urgent health issues, and has started distributing surgical kits.

The World Food Programme is also on the ground, providing food items and trucks for distribution.

On Monday, the UN Refugee Agency said it was sending 11,000 plastic sheets and 4,000 solar-powered lanterns.

The plastic sheets will be used to construct or repair shelters and the lamps will provide light at night.

The UN Children's Fund, UNICEF, reported that nearly one million children require urgent humanitarian assistance.

They are mobilizing staff and emergency supplies, focusing on water and sanitation, nutrition, education and child protection.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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