Nepal appeals for tents and food

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Published: Saturday 2nd May 2015 by The News Editor

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Nepal’s government urged international donors to send tents and tarpaulins and basic food supplies in the wake of last weekend’s devastating earthquake.

It said some of the items being sent are of little use, and asked donors to send money to help with relief efforts if they cannot send things that are immediately necessary.

Finance minister Ram Sharan Mahat said: “We have received things like tuna fish and mayonnaise. What good are those things for us? We need grains, salt and sugar.”

He said the government had decided to exempt taxes on tents and tarpaulins.

Information minister Minedra Risal said Nepal required 400,000 tents immediately and so far has only been able to provide 29,000 to the people who need them.

A week after the massive earthquake killed more than 6,600 people and collapsed buildings, temples and homes, remote villages remain cut off from help.

Published: Saturday 2nd May 2015 by The News Editor

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