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    UNICEF Warns of High Disease Risk for Nepal Children After Earthquake

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    Children in Nepal are at heightened risk of diseases like cholera after the powerful earthquake hit the country a week ago, leaving many homeless, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) said in a statement Saturday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The UNICEF added that many children have been left homeless, with no access to basic care. Meanwhile, the monsoon season in Nepal is only a few weeks away, exposing vulnerable children to new dangers.

    “Hospitals are overflowing, water is scarce, bodies are still buried under the rubble and people are still sleeping in the open. This is a perfect breeding ground for diseases,” UNICEF Deputy Representative in Nepal Rownak Khan said as quoted on the organization’s website.

    A 7.9-magnitude earthquake hit Nepal on April 25.

    The earthquake’s epicenter was about 50 miles from the Nepalese capital of Kathmandu. The first wave was followed by a series of aftershocks triggering deadly avalanches on Mount Everest and surrounding mountainous areas.

    More than 5,000 people have died and over 10,000 have been injured in the earthquake, according to the UN.

    Russia, along with other countries, has offered Nepal assistance in coping with the consequences of the disaster. Moscow has sent several planes to deliver humanitarian aid to Nepal and evacuate people from the earthquake-hit country.

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