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India, US provide assistance to Nepal flood victims

PTI | Last Updated: Friday, August 29, 2014 - 00:54

Kathmandu: India and the United States have pledged financial support to the people affected by the recent flood and landslides in Nepal that claimed at least 250 lives.

The government of India has provided USD 480,000 as financial assistance to the victims of the natural disaster that hit central and western parts of Nepal, stated a press release issued by the Embassy of India today.

Indian Ambassador to Nepal Ranjit Rae today handed over a cheque amounting to USD 480,000 to Prime Minister Sushil Koirala at his official residence at Baluwatar, as India's contribution towards the relief and rehabilitation being carried out by the government of Nepal for the disaster victims, it added.

The United States meanwhile pledged to provide USD 450,000 in food assistance to the victims, to the UN World Food Program (WFP) in Nepal through the US Agency for International Development (USAID), read a press statement issued by the US Embassy in Kathmandu today.

The US contribution will enable the WFP to purchase approximately 450 metric tonnes of locally and regionally produced rice, legumes and other important food commodities, the statement added.

"This will meet the food needs for about 40,000 flood-affected people in the most severely flooded districts of Bardiya, Banke, Kailali, Surkhet and Dang for over a month," says the statement.

At least 250 people were killed and more than 200 have gone missing in the recent floods and landslides that hit the central and western parts of Nepal. 

First Published: Friday, August 29, 2014 - 00:54

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