LETTER: Earthquake victims need your help

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AROUND 1.7 million children are now in urgent need of aid in the areas worst-hit by the earthquake in Nepal.

As a result, we have launched a US$50.35 million appeal to get humanitarian assistance to children and their families amid growing risk of disease outbreaks.

The appeal is our portion of a new inter-agency fundraising ask to meet immediate needs over the next three months.

The 7.9 magnitude earthquake has killed almost 5,000 people and injured more than 9,700.

It has also driven tens of thousands of people into open spaces and temporary camps in the Kathmandu valley and the rest of the worst-affected districts.

The lives of so many children have been torn apart and they are in desperate need of life-saving support, including clean water, shelter and sanitation.

Without a safe water supply, waterborne diseases remain huge risks for children.

Many families are struggling simply to protect themselves from the sun and rain and we only expect needs to grow in the coming days as we receive more information from remoter areas and the full scale of the disaster becomes more apparent.

We are working with partners to deliver vital humanitarian assistance including clean water and shelter.

Please donate at unicef.org.uk/nepal or text DONATE to 70123 to give £5.

Tomoo Hozumi,

Unicef Nepal representative.