The United Nations launched a $415 million emergency appeal as the part of it's relief efforts to people affected by the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck Nepal on Saturday. The official numbers so far state that at least 5,000 were killed with at least 10,000 more injured. The quake and the aftershocks destroyed around 70,000 houses and damaged another 530,000.
The aid plan aims to support Nepalese government efforts in providing millions of affected people with health services, food, shelter, water and sanitation. As the monsoon season approaches, the aid process will represent a significant challenge, especially when it comes to reaching the remote areas in the mountains.
According to the UN News Centre, as many as 1.4 million people will benefit from food assistance, including 750,000 in hard-to-reach areas. Some 2.1 million children and 525,000 women will benefit from protection assistance.
The Government of Nepal, along with humanitarian and international partners, launched a massive relief operation in the immediate aftermath of the disaster, with search and rescue and medical teams working tirelessly to find survivors and providing urgent medical care. Safe drinking water is also being provided to quake victims and food was dispatched for immediate distribution.