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Nepal: race to help child victims

7:17am BST - 01:34

The United Nations says nearly 1.7 million children are affected by the massive quake that's devastated parts of Nepal. Paul Chapman reports.

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The United Nations says almost 1.7 million of those affected by the Nepal earthquake are children. Unicef, the United Nations Children's Fund, says they've lost homes, family, schools and healthcare clinics. Its regional director says they're anticipating outbreaks of disease as the rainy season approaches but reaching remote areas remains a problem. (SOUNDBITE)(English) UNICEF REGIONAL DIRECTOR FOR SOUTH ASIA, KARIN HULSHOF, SAYING: "This is Himalaya country so to go to the capitals of the districts, yes, one and a half hours drive, five hours drive, but then you're still in the foothills. We need to go high up and even cross the Himalayas sometimes so we need to think either helicopters but also donkeys and yaks and all kinds of transport to make sure that the affected and the most deprived are also reached." In the town of Bhaktapur the World Vision aid agency has set up what it calls child-friendly spaces to help young quake survivors come to terms with what's happened. (SOUNDBITE)(English) ERPANEH RONGING, CHILD PROTECTION SPECIALIST FROM WORLD VISION, SAYING: "In this place we have children from the shelter who come here and then they get engaged in different activities which helps them to come out of the psycho-social stress that they have been through last week because of the earthquake." By May 5th the official number of dead from the quake was put at 7,557. Nearly 14, 500 have been injured. The United Nations says almost a third of Nepal's 28 million has been affected in some way.

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Nepal: race to help child victims

7:17am BST - 01:34