Today I announce the Australian Government will provide urgently needed support to Nepal in response to the recent devastating floods and landslides that have left over 1.7 million people in need of assistance.
Australia will provide $2 million to the international relief effort, including $1 million through our humanitarian partnership with Australian non-government organisations and $1 million through the World Food Programme.
Flooding caused by heavy monsoon rains has resulted in over 150 deaths, damaged 65,000 homes and destroyed 64,000 hectares of standing crops across Nepal.
Our assistance will deliver emergency shelter, food, clean water and healthcare for those who have been affected by this disaster.
Our contribution to the World Food Programme will enable it to treat 5,900 children under the age of five and 1,600 pregnant and nursing mothers for moderate acute malnutrition in the worst affected areas.
In addition to this support, Australia is providing essential hygiene supplies and vital health services to 6,600 women and girls.
Australia commends the Government of Nepal for its leadership in coordinating response efforts across the country.
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