"Unprecedented emotional toll" on children in Nepal

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Children in Nepal are facing an unprecedented emotional toll as they deal with the devastating consequences of two major earthquakes in two and a half weeks, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) has warned.

Thousands of children and their families are reportedly living in informal settlements across the country after the latest quake left many too afraid to return home.

Stephanie Coutrix reports.

The psychological impact on children of these repeated powerful tremors should not be underestimated.

That's according to Rownak Khan, the Deputy Representative of UNICEF in Nepal.

He said he was very close to the epicentre when last Tuesday's quake hit.

He saw children hugging one another and crying for hours as people fled their homes.

Many of these children are suffering from nightmares, and some are extremely stressed and cannot sleep, Mr Khan added.

UNICEF has announced it is reinforcing its operations in affected areas, including in the districts of Dolakha and Sindhupalchok, the worst affected by the latest quake.

In addition to providing clean water, sanitation and vital medical supplies, the children's organisation announced it is also prioritising psychological support for children who are dealing with extreme stress.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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