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Nepal: UN, EU in joint effort to support 1.7 million children affected by earthquake


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(By Estera Popowska)

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the European Union have reportedly partnered to send 40 metric tons of life-saving supplies to 1.7 million children affected by earthquake in Nepal.

A cargo plane carrying 40 metric tons of humanitarian supplies has already landed in Kathmandu on Tuesday morning. A second cargo plane, with another 40 metric tons of supplies will be arriving later this week, press release issued by UNICEF revealed.

Xinhua reported that the airlifts are made possible due  to a 400,000 contribution from the European Commission's Humanitarian Aid & Civil Protection department (ECHO).

“When a disaster strikes, help is needed fast. The EU-UNICEF partnership has been able to react quickly, delivering lifesaving supplies to those most in need even when logistics are exceptionally challenging. Our contribution will play an important role in helping the most vulnerable communities in Nepal," Claus H. Sorensen, Director-General, ECHO of European Commission said in a press release.

UNICEF and partners are planning to reach approximately 1.7 million children in the hardest hit areas, out of overall 4.2 million people in need of assistance in 21 affected districts.

“UNICEF has been able to respond instantly to the needs caused by this devastating earthquake,”said Karin Hulshof, UNICEF Regional Director for South Asia (Xinhua)

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