8 million people affected by Nepal earthquake, says UN

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New Delhi, April 28: Eight million people have been affected by the devastating earthquake that shook Nepal the last weekend, said the United Nations. The world body stressed an urgent need for relief materials ranging from tarpaulin sheets and clean water and soaps and medicines. [5 reasons why Nepal failed to deal with earthquake]

In its latest assessment, the UN Office of the Resident Coordinator said as per the latest earthquake intensity mapping, 8 million people in 39 districts of Nepal have been affected. Of them, 2 million reside in 11 severely affected districts.[Death toll may cross 10,000 says Nepal PM]

8 million people hit by Nepal quake: UN

Over 4,300 people have been killed in Nepal in a devastating earthquake on April 26 that measured 7.9 on the Richter Scale. Property, including a number of heritage sites, were grounded in the quake. Over 6,000 people have been injured in Nepal. In India, nearly 70 people have died in the natural disaster.

The UB Children's Fund said the supply of food and clean drinking water was badly hit after the quake, the worst in the Himalayan region in more than 80 years. The public life went out of gear and fuel shortage crippled normal functioning.

Survivors camped in the open for the third consecutive night, fearing more disaster from aftershocks.

The World Food Programme was sending food and truckloads of tents and healthcare supplies. The World Health Organisation has distributed medical supplies for 40,000 people.

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