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Nearly two million children affected by Nepal earthquake

A young girl is found alive under the rubble of a home that collapsed in the 25 April earthquake.(Photo by Tom Van Cakenberghe/Getty Images)

Following Saturday’s deadly earthquake in Nepal, we’ve started distributing aid in the Kathmandu Valley region of the country.

We’re doing whatever it takes to help those affected by the earthquake, which has already claimed 3,500 lives, and could have affected as many as 2 million children.

We’re delivering 136 tarpaulins in Kathmandu while, in the Bhaktapur district, 180 baby packs – which include children’s clothes, blankets and soap – are being distributed to those in need.

Some families have lost everything in the disaster; the coming days will be a critical time for them, and they need our help.

We’ve launched an appeal with the goal of raising £33 million to assist with our aid efforts.

Donate now to our Nepal earthquake appeal

Sheer devastation

Our fear is that the hardest-to-reach regions – those outside the Kathmandu Valley – will also be the hardest hit.

Tomorrow (Tuesday), we’ll begin distributing many more items to some of the regions outside Kathmandu Valley, including Gorkha and Sindhupalchowk districts.

“As the sheer devastation of the recent earthquake becomes clearer, we know that children have been the most affected by this disaster,” says Roger Hodgson, Deputy Country Director for Save the Children in Nepal.

“Despite the difficulties in reaching some of the hardest-hit regions, Save the Children is mobilising much-needed items to help these children and their families. Helping those most affected by this disaster will continue to be our top priority in the coming days, weeks and months.”

Please help our response to the needs of children and families in Nepal:

Donate now to our Nepal Earthquake Appeal

Save the Children has been working in Nepal since 1976 – we focus on education, especially early childhood development and primary education, as well as basic health, including maternal child health and HIV and AIDS prevention and care. We work in 63 out of the 75 districts of Nepal.

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