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WFP closely working with foreign countries including China, NGOs in relief efforts in quake-hit Nepal

(Xinhua)    10:11, May 06, 2015

KATHMANDU, May 6 -- The UN World Food Program (WFP) is closely working with the Nepal government, foreign countries including China and NGOs in relief efforts in disaster-affected areas in Nepal, WFP Deputy Emergency Coordinator for Nepal Earthquake Emergency Operations Richard Ragan said.

Nepal is struggling to come out from the deadly effect of a 7.9- magnitude earthquake that has claimed more than 7,500 lives.

"We had established the Humanitarian Staging Area just before a month of the earthquake, where we can store a lot of materials from our humanitarian partners and deliver to the hardship areas," Ragan told Xinhua on Tuesday.

Nepal already had the good position of storage for response to the possible disaster. "The food storage is at the area jointly established by UK Aid and the Nepal government at the premises of Tribhuvan International Airport," he added.

According to the UN official, 3,000 meter cube of cargoes have been transacted from the staging area till now.

"The cargoes that we are using are as a gift from China. Nepal army is receiving cargo from us and they are our supporting in distribution," he added. "We have three helicopters for transporting the food materials to the affected areas and we are planning to bring more helicopters."

Ragan also mentioned his visit to the affected areas, where he found coordination was satisfactory. "We have traveled to the various affected rural parts outside the valley. There is massive relief operation approaching to the people from UN, WFP and other humanitarian partners," he said. "The food agency of UNO is the primary organization to have food support to the affected people. The other UN sister agencies are helping in other logistical support."


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