Tens of Thousands of Pregnant Women Affected by Nepal Quake

National Perinatal Task Force

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NYHQ2015-1013UNITED NATIONS, New York – The toll of deaths and injuries continues to mount days after a devastating 7.8-magnitude earthquake jolted Nepal on 25 April. Millions are thought to be affected across more than 30 of Nepal’s 75 districts, according to reports by UN agencies. UNFPA’s initial estimates indicate some 50,000 pregnant women and girls could be among the survivors.

The Government has reported more than 3,400 deaths so far, according to recent media reports. Thousands more are injured, many seriously, although as more information becomes available from remote, mountainous areas, the final tally could escalate further.

The situation remains precarious, with severe aftershocks continuing to rock the area – including a 6.7-magnitude tremor on 26 April.

Aftermath of the 7.8-magnitude earthquake in Nepal. © Krish Dulal/Wikimedia Commons/CC BY-SA 4.0

Hospitals in the Kathmandu Valley are reported to be overcrowded, and hospital emergency…

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