Indian trucks carrying food and fuel have begun trickling into Nepal, which is grappling with shortages caused by a blockade during protests by people angry about the country's new constitution.

Nepal, a small Himalayan nation, depends heavily on supplies from India, its giant neighbor.

Home Ministry spokesman Laxmi Dhakal says nearly 100 Indian trucks, mostly carrying food, and five tankers loaded with oil and gas entered Nepal on Wednesday after a meeting between officials from the two countries.

Many Nepalese accuse India of retaliating against their government for approving Nepal's new constitution, seen by New Delhi as discriminatory to an ethnic Indian community living in Nepal's border districts.

The Indian government denies the charge and blames weeks-long protests inside Nepal for the disrupted movement of oil tankers and food trucks.