“The biggest challenge is getting in more supplies,” said UNICEF Crisis Communications Chief Sarah Crowe in an interview with EURACTIV, after over 5000 people died in a massive earthquake in Nepal last week .
“The Kathmandu airport is highly congested and it is unable to take large cargo plane loads at the moment,” Crowe added.
Nepalese officials have conceded they had made mistakes in their initial response, leaving survivors stranded in remote villages waiting for aid and relief.
According to UNICEF, “help is coming in, but it needs to move faster.”
On Sunday, the European Commission released three million euros in emergency aid, in addition to assistance offered by individual EU nations and the deployment of European Commission humanitarian aid and civil protection experts to the crisis area.