Nepal exempted tarpaulins and tents from import taxes on Friday, but UN Resident Representative Jamie McGoldrick told Reporters the government had to loosen customs restrictions further to deal with the increasing flow of relief material.

"They should not be using peacetime customs methodology," he said.

Material was piling up at the Kathmandu airport instead of being ferried out to victims, McGoldrick added.

There was no immediate response from the government but Finance Minister Ram Sharan Mahat had appealed to international donors on Friday to send tents, tarpaulins and basic food supplies, saying some of the items received were of no use.

"We have received things like tuna fish and mayonnaise. What good are those things for us? We need grains, salt and sugar," he told reporters.

US military aircraft and personnel were to arrive in Kathmandu on Saturday to help in relief operations. One of their  tasks would be to deal with the growing piles of aid material.

Brigadier General Paul Kennedy of the US Marine Corps told Reporters six military aircraft, including two helicopters, were to arrive, accompanied by 100 Marines and lifting equipment, under an agreement reached with Nepal government earlier in the week.

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