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Coronavirus restrictions 'severely hampering' South Asia flood relief

Some relief agencies in Nepal have said that government passes meant to allow them to bypass restrictions have not always worked.

"We travel carrying permission-papers from the relevant government agency but security personnel on the ground have no idea about what we do, and they just stop us," said Dipak Chapagain, a coordinator with Volunteer Corps Nepal.

"There is a complete disconnect between the government agency that regulate us and security personnel who enforce lockdown and other Covid restrictions," Mr Chapagain said.

He said he and his team were recently detained by the police for nearly six hours when they were on their way to provide relief materials to families displaced by a massive landslide in the northeast of Kathmandu.

About 230 people have died and about 60 others are missing in Nepal due to Monsoon-induced landslides, according to the Home Ministry.