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A powerful 7.9-magnitude earthquake has left thousands of people dead in Nepal. Action Against Hunger, which has been present in the country since 2011, has mobilised teams to assess the immediate needs of the affected populations.
"Aftershocks are still being felt and movements in the city of Kathmandu remain difficult,” says Shashwat Saraf, Regional Director of Action Against Hunger's operations in Asia.
“Most communication lines were cut following the earthquake."
The epicentre is in Lamjung district, west of Kathmandu. The tremors were felt as far as northern India and Bangladesh. Buildings were damaged in Kathmandu and Pokhara, and 876 deaths have been reported by 8.20pm today. Our teams on site are now visiting the affected areas to assess the extent of the damage and the needs of families affected and prepare an emergency response to help those affected by the disaster.
Since 2011, Action Against Hunger has been operating in Saptari district in the east of the country, one of the worst affected by undernutrition. In Nepal, 400,000 children are acutely malnourished. The country has one of the highest malnutrition rates in the world. Find out more about Action Against Hunger's response in Nepal.