Nepal needs urgent food help, says UN

Published on 10 February 2009

Soaring food prices have left around three million people in Nepal on the verge of starvation, according to the UN’s World Food Programme. High transportation costs, flooding and export ban by India have led to a huge deficit of food supply in several parts of the country. More than 2.7 million people in Nepal need immediate food assistance as high food prices plunge them over the edge, the World Food Programme (WFP) says. The UN agency also warned that it was running out of money and desperately needed more than $40 million to feed hungry people in the Himalayan nation. [...] "Prior to the global food crisis, the most food insecure people were in the remote mountain and hill areas of the mid and far west of Nepal," said Richard Ragan, country director for the WFP in Nepal.

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