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Iran prepares to dispatch humanitarian aid to quake-hit Nepal

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A Nepalese resident and a policeman look for survivors or bodies inside a damaged house during rescue efforts in Balaju in the capital, Kathmandu, on April 27, 2015. © AFP

The Iranian Red Crescent Society (IRCS) is planning to dispatch 40 tonnes of humanitarian aid to people in quake-stricken Nepal.

The IRCS is ready to send a cargo of relief and humanitarian aid to people affected by the devastating earthquake in Nepal and is currently considering ways to dispatch it via the impoverished South Asian country’s neighbors, including India, Vahid Rahmati, head of the Public Relations Department of IRCS, said on Monday.

He added that the consignment is comprised of tents, blankets, moquette and dishware, noting that the IRCS is also taking necessary measures to dispatch relief teams to the quake-stricken country.

Nepal’s Interior Ministry said on Monday that the death toll from this weekend's earthquake in the country stands at 4,138.

Meanwhile, the UN World Food Program (WFP) is gearing up for a large-scale aid operation in Nepal as the Asian country reels from its deadliest earthquake in decades.

On Monday, the WFP said its first aircraft transporting food was expected to arrive in Nepal on April 28 to help out survivors of the 7.8-magnitude earthquake of April 25.

The UN is expected to launch an emergency appeal for humanitarian aid for the region.

About 40,000 people have been injured and are currently in need of assistance.

The UN Children’s Fund has also announced that it is mobilizing staff and sending two cargo flights with 120 tons of humanitarian supplies to the area.


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