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Archant paper launches Nepal earthquake appeal

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Archant’s Eastern Daily Press newspaper has joined forces with charity Unicef to launch an appeal to support victims of the Nepal earthquake.

The Norfolk daily paper carried a front-page appeal on Tuesday in a bid to help the humanitarian effort and the 940,000 children living in areas affected by the earthquake in which more than 5,000 people have died.

Since the 7.9 magnitude earthquake struck on Saturday there have been reports of low supplies of food and water, power outages, and thousands of people sleeping in the streets, in fear of more tremors, of which around 60 have already occurred.

Without aid more lives are at risk, with limited access to safe water and sanitation putting children in particular at great risk from water-borne diseases, while some children may have become separated from their families.

EDP editor Nigel Pickover said: “The scenes from this mountain kingdom are heartbreaking – not only in the capital but in isolated towns and villages where power and communications are shattered and also Everest where many lives have been lost.

“Our EDP family has a great sense of ‘world community’ at times of tragedy so we’re hoping we can rally everyone to the cause once more –raising money which will help in the rebuilding programme in weeks and months to come. We also know of many deaths in India and Bangladesh so we hope other countries can be helped by a unified world effort.”

As Nepal begins to pick up the pieces left by the earthquake, Unicef is mobilising staff and emergency supplies to meet the humanitarian needs.

They have already begun supporting the work to transfer water and provision of oral rehydration salts and zinc supplements. Two cargo flights are being readied by Unicef to carry a combined 120 tonnes of humanitarian supplies including medical and hospital supplies, tents and blankets for urgent airlift to Nepal’s capital Kathmandu.

Unicef UK executive director David Bull said: “With children accounting for half the country’s population, we fear loss of life and great disruption to children’s lives, as homes and schools have been destroyed.

“Unicef has been working in Nepal for over 40 years so our experience and local knowledge is huge.

“But we can’t do it alone. Just £5 could help to provide an emergency water kit that will enable a family to collect, store and even purify water.”

You can donate £5 to Unicef by texting DONATE to 70060 or by visiting:

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