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WHO Steps Up Efforts To Reach Rural Areas In Nepal After Earthquake; U.N., Partners Focus On WASH, Food Security

International Business Times: Nepal Earthquake: In Tent Cities, Water Shortages, Open Toilets Add To Fears Of Looming Health Disaster
“…In the thousands of tent communities that have bloomed across Nepal’s earthquake-hit areas since Saturday, residents whose homes were destroyed often have no choice but to use parts of the encampments as communal, open-air toilets. With no housing plans yet for those left homeless by the quake, the prospect of prolonged tent-city living — with shortages of clean water, open defecation, and a looming monsoon season — is pushing relief workers to scramble to avoid a full-blown health and sanitation crisis…” (Lee, 4/30).

U.N. News Centre: Nepal: quake’s impact on food security likely ‘very high,’ warns U.N. agency
“Some eight million dollars is urgently needed to help disaster-struck Nepalese farmers rapidly recover lost agricultural inputs and resume preparations for the imminent rice sowing season, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said [Thursday]…” (4/30).

WHO: WHO, health partners striving to treat quake survivors in Nepal’s remote regions
“WHO has stepped up efforts to deliver critical medical relief to populations outside of the Kathmandu valley affected by Saturday’s earthquake, with a major focus on reaching injured people and preventing disease outbreaks…” (4/30).

WHO: Nepal: WHO works with partners to prevent diarrheal diseases
“WHO and partner organizations in Nepal have mobilized further resources including medicine and medical equipment to prevent the possible spread of diarrheal diseases among populations affected by the country’s devastating earthquake…” (5/1).

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