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Aid struggling to reach needy in Nepal






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The extent of Nepal's huge 7.8 magnitude earthquake is still coming to light. The U.N. has asked for more support for the rescue attempts. Only $53 million of the $415 million promised has been given. The capital Kathmandu is having difficulties. Whole towns along the length of the Kathmandu Valley have been flattened. Hundreds of thousands of homes have been destroyed. Over three million people are under blue tarpaulins and in need of food.

Nepal’s Prime Minister has admitted that his government is overwhelmed by the size of the disaster. He requested helicopters to help deliver aid. It is difficult to deliver aid because many roads were swept away by avalanches and landslides. Making the problem worse is the fact that Kathmandu's airport has only one runway. This is slowing down the delivery of supplies. The U.N. said it would take time for aid to reach more remote communities.

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