Fresh 6.7 magnitude aftershock hits Nepal day after devastating earthquake kill 2000 people

April 26, 2015 | By | Reply More

Apr 26, – A major aftershock with an initial reading of magnitude 6.7 hit Nepal on Sunday, the day after a devastating earthquake shook the country, the U.S. Geological Survey reported. Climbers on Mount Everest said they saw a new series of avalanches and rockfalls.

hromedia Fresh 6.7 magnitude aftershock hits Nepal day after devastating earthquake kill 2000 people intl. news4Rescue crews and residents in Nepal early Sunday began the desperate search for survivors after a magnitude-7.8 quake near the capital of Kathmandu a day earlier flattened homes, buildings and temples, causing widespread damage across the region and killing more than 2,000 people.

Whole streets and squares in the capital of more than 1 million people were covered in rubble. Stunned residents stared at temples that were once part of their daily lives and now were reduced to nothing.

Locals and tourists ferreted through mounds of debris in search of survivors. Cheers rose from the piles when people were found alive — but mostly bodies turned up. The injured ended up being treated outside overflowing hospitals, where crowds of people gathered looking for relatives.

Dozens of bodies were pulled from the historic nine-story Dharahara tower that came crashing down during the quake. At least 17 people were reported killed on Mount Everest, where the quake caused multiple avalanches.

A seemingly endless series of aftershocks continued to roil the area, further traumatizing survivors. Residents huddled in the cold rain overnight for safety.

The death toll of 1,910 — provided Sunday by Laxmi Dhakal, an official at the Nepalese Ministry of Home Affairs — is expected to rise as the full extent of the damage is assessed.

The loss of life reported so far “is really based on the information we have from the main cities,” Lex Kassenberg, Nepal country director for CARE International, told CNN. “But if you look at the spread of the earthquake a lot of the rural areas have been hit as well. The information we received from the field is that 80% of the houses in these rural areas have been destroyed.”

News out of remote areas near the quake’s epicenter, where many more may have died, has been scant. Most of the homes in the secluded Latang Valley, have been destroyed an official there said.

In accessible cities, many hills of rubble have yet to reveal all the bodies of people inside of buildings, when they collapsed.

The quake was the strongest in the region in more than 80 years. Residents are used to earthquakes in Nepal, and many thought the start of Saturday’s quake was a tremor, until the earth kept shaking and buildings crashed down.

“The reports of the devastation are still coming in and the numbers of people killed, injured and affected by this earthquake continue to rise,” said U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in a statement. “It is clear that very many lives have been lost.”

Press journalist for hromedia – Saurav Nag reports.

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