6 Sep 2008

NZer on aid mission to Nepal

6:40 am on 6 September 2008

A New Zealand man has joined a United Nations team in Nepal working on relief efforts for floods that have so far affected 70,000 people in the country.

The Koshi river burst its banks on 18 August devastating large areas of Nepal and the neighbouring Indian state of Bihar.

New Zealand Fire Service manager of special operations Jim Stuart-Black will be part of a five strong UN team of emergency management experts, over the next two to four weeks.

Mr Stuart-Black says the team will will help the Nepalese government plan how to use international aid.