UN pledges $3 mn to help Nepal’s rural communities

December 4th, 2008 - 7:52 pm ICT by IANS  

Kathmandu, Dec 4 (Xinhua) The UN has allocated $3 million to assist rural communities in Nepal, the global organisation announced Thursday. The rural communities are constantly threatened by food insecurity due to depleting stocks and rapidly increasing prices, the UN said in a statement. The situation deteriorated due to the recent floods and long-standing political unrest in the country.

The projects by the UN and other humanitarian partners aim to meet the critical food needs of the vulnerable people, mainly women, children and ethnic minorities in the Western and Terai regions of the country, it said.

“Nearly 1.5 million people in these remote regions need urgent assistance to meet their basic food needs,” UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Nepal, Robert Piper, said, adding that the “levels of acute malnutrition are extremely high, especially among the poor, landless and marginalised populations.”

The UN aid would ensure food for the vulnerable families as well as create opportunities to help in restoring their livelihood through community projects.

This year Nepal received $12.6 million in aid from the UN in four instalments to provide humanitarian assistance in response to Koshi floods that caused food crisis in western Nepal.

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