Rights groups say Nepal children at risk of disease, death

Children in hard-to-reach rural areas are a particular worry, especially those still living in temporary shelters after a set of devastating earthquakes in April and May destroyed tens of thousands of homes in the Himalayan country.

With schools closed due to the fuel shortage, some children are even seeking work to help their families get by, Tuladhar said.

“Children are not getting enough cooked food, and the risk of malnutrition among children is also high,” she said.

The United Nations’ children agency warned Monday that, as the harsh winter approaches, more than 3 million Nepali children under the age of 5 are at risk of death or disease.

It also said a rising dependence on firewood, in place of cooking gas, was increasing indoor air pollution and raising the risk of lung diseases like pneumonia. Last year, more than 800,000 Nepal children under 5 suffered from pneumonia in Nepal, and 5,000 died, it said.


Nepal crisis puts over 30 lakh children at risk of disease and death, warns UNICEF