Customs checks hold up relief for Nepal quake victims: U.N.




 
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May 2nd, 2015  
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Topic: Customs checks hold up relief for Nepal quake victims: U.N.


By Frank Jack Daniel and Andrew R.C. Marshall KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Customs inspections at Kathmandu airport are holding up vital relief supplies for earthquake survivors in Nepal, a U.N. official said on Saturday, as the death toll from the disaster a week ago passed 6,600. United Nations Resident Representative Jamie McGoldrick said the government must loosen its normal customs restrictions to deal with the increasing flow of relief material now pouring in from abroad and piling up at the airport. U.S. military aircraft and personnel due to arrive on Saturday to help ferry relief supplies to stricken areas outside the capital were delayed and tentatively scheduled to arrive on Sunday, a U.S. Marines spokeswoman said. Instead, he argued, all relief material should get a blanket exemption from checks on arrival.




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