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Help needed for Nepal quake disabled

Sunday, May 24, 2015 - 01:16

Nepalis disabled after two earthquakes struck the country say they need help, as health workers struggle with stretched facilities and manpower. Yiming Woo reports.

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Rishi Khanal had his leg amputated after he was pulled out of a building that collapsed from Nepal's deadly earthquake nearly a month ago. He was trapped under the rubble for three days. He's now recuperating at a hospital in Kathmandu, but he's worried about the future as he's the only breadwinner in his family. (SOUNDBITE) (Nepali) PATIENT, RISHI KHANAL SAYING: "For the future I need help from any organization. I need financial help." After the second earthquake struck on May 12th, the total number of injured people rose to nearly 18,000. It's overwhelmed medical facilities in Nepal, where there's just over 20 physiotherapists at work. (SOUNDBITE) (English) PHYSICAL THERAPIST FROM HANDICAP INTERNATIONAL NEPAL, SUNIL POKHREL SAYING: "The injury, the percentage of injury is very high, and most of the people we have are having long term disability and they require long term cure. So I think for the long term rehabilitation they will need support with necessary devices as well as in the health related needs they need to have support from international community." Handicap International says the government needs to speed up plans to help the injured.

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Help needed for Nepal quake disabled

Sunday, May 24, 2015 - 01:16