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UN General Assembly calls for urgent aid for Nepal quake survivors and for rebuilding country

The U.N. General Assembly is calling for urgent assistance to help Nepal earthquake survivors and to rebuild the impoverished Himalayan nation so it can better survive future disasters.

A resolution approved by the 193-member world body by consensus Friday urges the international community to support the U.N. appeal for $415 million for essential needs over the next three months.

It stresses "the massive destruction" caused by the magnitude-7.8 quake that hit April 25, killing more than 8,200 people. That was followed by another magnitude-7.3 quake on Tuesday that killed 117 people and injured 2,800.

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the assembly that it is urgent to get aid, including shelter, clean water and sanitation supplies, to all those in need before the monsoon season starts in June.