UN food agency to hire mountain guides and porters to carry relief supplies to remote villages
KATHMANDU, (AP): The U.N. food agency is hiring thousands of mountain and trekking guides, porters and other workers to carry food, medicine, tents and supplies to Nepal’s mostly inaccessible northern villages where two powerful earthquakes destroyed houses.
Richard Regan of the U.N.’s World Food Program said the workers also would repair the trails destroyed by the April 25 and May 12 earthquakes. How many are hired will depend on need.
An estimated 100,000 people in Nepal’s northern mountains still have not received any help after the earthquake.
Nepal’s spring mountain climbing season was ended early by the April earthquake, and people who normally guide foreign trekkers and climbers and carry their equipment were left out of work.
The two earthquakes damaged and destroyed thousands of buildings and killed 8,676 people in Nepal.