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The situation in Nepal

David Brancaccio Apr 27, 2015
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BBC World Service

The situation in Nepal

David Brancaccio Apr 27, 2015
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Aid workers have begun arriving in Nepal following Saturday’s devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake. The death toll is reported at almost 4,000; that number is expected to grow.  This morning, we reached Sanjaya Dhakal, a reporter for the BBC in Nepal, on a line from Kathmandu.

Click the media player above to hear Sanjaya Dhakal describe current conditions in Nepal.

Powerful aftershocks were reported through the weekend. And as concerns grow over waterborne infections and diseases that could afflict survivors, aid workers are stressing the need for basic amenities  from the ground. Here are some of the numbers coming out of Nepal:

-Unicef is reporting that almost a million children in the area are in need of assistance.

-A cargo plane carrying about 70 aid workers was dispatched by the Pentagon on Sunday.  

-China also sent a rescue team of 62. A similar offer from the Taiwanese government was turned down, raising questions about how the power dynamics between bordering countries may play out in this situation. Nepal has historically served as a mid-way haven for Tibetans fleeing China into India.

 

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