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UNICEF fears for wellbeing of children after Nepal earthquake

KATHMANDU, Nepal/NEW YORK, 25 April 2015 -  UNICEF is mobilizing an urgent response to meet the needs of children affected by today's earthquake in Kathmandu, Nepal. With children accounting for half the country's population, UNICEF fears the disaster, which is reported to have already killed hundreds of people, will have a severe impact on children.

UNICEF has prepositioned supplies, including water purification tablets, hygiene kits, tarpaulins and nutrition supplies, and is working with government and other partners to meet children’s immediate needs in the areas of water and sanitation, child protection, health and nutrition.

The 7.9 earthquake has destroyed buildings, cellphone networks are down in many areas and power is out. 

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For further information and interview requests, please contact:
Rupa Joshi, UNICEF Nepal, rjoshi@unicef.org
Chris Tidey, +1 917 909 9542, ctidey@unicef.org
Rose Foley, UNICEF new York, +1917 340 2582, rfoley@unicef.org





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