Nepal Earthquake: Death Toll Above 3000
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Nepal’s capital, Kathmandu, the epicenter of Saturday’s magnitude-7.8 earthquake, struggles on Monday to get as much aid as it can. By 22.00 (GMT+1 time), the official overall death toll reached 4,200 with a senior interior ministry official saying it could reach as much as 5,000, according to Reuters. Nepalese officials say over 7,000 were injured.
Rescuers are working day and night searching for more victims and digging through rubble. Nepal’s army spokesman told the Associated Press that 90% of the country's 100,000 troops are involved in search and rescue operations.
With many countries, including China, India, the UK and US, sending aid to Nepal, the earthquake-hit country is short on shelter, medicine, fuel, food and workers. Furthermore, power blackouts in Kathmandu, with the population 1 million, did not make the situation any easier.
“There are people who are not getting food and shelter. I've had reports of villages where 70 percent of the houses have been destroyed,” Udav Prashad Timalsina, the top official for one of the districts in Nepal, said.
On Monday, thousands of people fled the city. Roads leading from the capital were crowded with people trying to escape by trucks, buses or getting to the airport, which had long queues. Hospitals were still overflowed with patients.
Aid workers in Nepal expanded helicopter searches Monday into Kathmandu’s mountains, which believed had been hit the worst. Many people have slept in the open since Saturday while vast tent cities have been set in the capital for those having their homes destroyed or simply afraid to return to their homes.
“The morgues are getting totally full,” said Shankar Koirala, an official in the Prime Minister’s Office who is dealing with the disposal of bodies.
About 30 out of Nepal’s 75 districts, which are mostly in the western and central part of the country, have been hit by the earthquake.
UNICEF, the UN children’s agency, stated Sunday that about 1 million Nepalese children need assistance as soon as possible.
It is the worst disaster in Nepal since 1934, when 8,500 people were killed.
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