Hunger is escalating in Nepal following the massive earthquake which struck on Saturday. The United Nations, in a report released Wednesday, says more than 3.5 million people will need food assistance.
The earthquake has claimed over 5,000 lives. More than 10,000 have been injured. Over 70,000 homes have been destroyed and 2.8 million people have been displaced.
Twelve districts are in need of immediate food aid. One of the great concerns is child malnutrition. A UN appeal explains,
The disruptions of health services due to the earthquake combined with increased food insecurity threaten to worsen already high malnutrition rates among most vulnerable populations in affected districts with a serious impact on the nutrition status of children under-five years of age and of pregnant and lactating women.”
WFP will also feed small children a peanut paste called Plumpy’Sup. This enriched food can prevent deadly malnutrition from taking hold.
Farmers will need help getting ready for the next planting season. A special emphasis will be placed on agricultural inputs to restore food production.
Distribution of food rations will continue to reach more areas. Transporting the food is very difficult in the disaster areas. Landslides has delayed deliveries in Gorkha and Dhading districts.
However, the UN also warns that lack of funds will make the hunger relief mission even more difficult. WFP, which relies on voluntary contributions, has set up a donation page for Nepal.
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