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UN to mount major relief effort in Nepal

 People outside their home amid fear of more aftershocks in Nepal                                         तस्वीर: देवकी बिष्ट
People outside their home amid fear of more aftershocks in Nepal तस्वीर: देवकी बिष्ट

Published on: 26 Apr 2015 @ 15:07

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon today assured quake-hit Nepal that the world body will mount a major relief effort and support it in dealing with the humanitarian crisis. Ban sent his deepest condolences to the Nepali government and to all those affected by the 7.9-magnitude earthquake that jolted the country yesterday, killing nearly 2,000 people and injuring 5,000 others and said the UN will help the government in coordinating international search and rescue operations and is preparing to mount a major relief effort.

Secretary-General Ban said in a statement that the reports of the devastation are still coming in and the numbers of people killed, injured and affected by this earthquake continue to rise. It is clear that very many lives have been lost. There has also been significant damage to Nepal’s irreplaceable cultural heritage.

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