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Nepal government overwhelmed by international earthquake aid

Monday, May 11, 2015 - 01:19

Nepal's government struggles to coordinate massive international aid effort. Julie Noce reports.

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More than two weeks on, and relief conditions for Nepal earthquake evacuees are still substandard. Sunita Regmi has an eight-month-old baby and is awaiting a new tent. I have been running around from here to there with my baby, she said. They've been promising us help but nothing has been delivered so far. The government response to the crisis was slow. But when help from the international community began to arrive, the government was inundated and became more disorganised. Kunda Dixit is a political commentator. (SOUNDBITE) (English) POLITICAL COMMENTATOR, KUNDA DIXIT, SAYING: "And I think the other thing that overwhelmed our government was that response from the international community. I mean, all these flights landing up at the airport, not enough parking space, even though the airport is open for 24 hours, there just wasn't enough time in the day to take these relief flights." The 7.8 magnitude earthquake has killed about 8,000 people and injured more than double that. UN agencies estimate at least three million people will need tents, water, food and medicines over the next three months. With many of the country's historic monuments reduced to rubble, the first phase of reconstruction could cost some $2 billion.

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Nepal government overwhelmed by international earthquake aid

Monday, May 11, 2015 - 01:19