Nepal earthquake- Death toll crosses 3,700, rescue operations in full swing

April 27, 2015 | By | Reply More

Apr 27, – That number represented a jump of 500 from earlier on Monday. Some in the government fear the toll from Saturday’s 7.9 magnitude quake could rise to as much as 5,000.

Nepal earthquake- Death toll crosses 3,700, rescue operations in full swingThe number of people killed in Nepal by the Himalayan country’s worst earthquake in eight decades has risen to 3,726, a home ministry official said on Monday.

Meanwhile, 72 people have died in India due to the disaster, said Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday.

Reports received so far by the government and aid groups suggest that many communities perched on mountainsides are devastated or struggling to cope. Udav Prashad Timalsina, the top official for the Gorkha district, near the epicenter of Saturday’s quake, said he was in desperate need of help.

“There are people who are not getting food and shelter. I’ve had reports of villages where 70 per cent of the houses have been destroyed,” he said.

He said 223 people had been confirmed dead in the district but he presumed “the number would go up because there are thousands who are injured.”

Saturday’s magnitude 7.9 earthquake spread horror from Kathmandu to small villages and to the slopes of Mount Everest, triggering an avalanche that buried part of the base camp packed with foreign climbers preparing to make their summit attempts.

Timalsina said his district had not received enough help from the central government, but Jagdish Pokhrel, the clearly exhausted army spokesman, said nearly the entire 100,000-soldier army was involved in rescue operations.

“We have 90 percent of the army out there working on search and rescue,” he said. “We are focusing our efforts on that, on saving lives.”

Deputy Inspector General of Police Komal Singh Bam said Monday that Nepal’s death toll had risen to 3,617 people. That does not include the 18 people killed in the avalanche, which were counted by the mountaineering association. Another 61 people were killed in neighboring India, and China reported 20 people dead in Tibet.

Press journalist for hromedia – Saurav Nag reports.

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