1,000 Europeans missing after Nepal quake: EU 


May 1, Kathmandu: At least 1,000 people from European Union most of them are tourist are missing in Nepal nearly a week after a devastating earthquake, the head of the EU delegation said on Friday.

Those missing people were mostly tourists in the Langtang and Lukla areas, EU officials said. Many are hoped to be alive in isolated areas cut off by the quake.

Nepal has called for more foreign help, particularly aircraft, as survivors grow desperate for humanitarian aid.

The Home Minister said the death toll from Saturday’s 7.9-magnitude quake could rise to 10,000, with uncertainty still surrounding the fate of thousands of people in remote mountain communities. And nearly 14,000 people were injured in the disaster.

Relief and rescue teams have reached most areas but many people remain in urgent need.

The historic Durbar Square in Kathmandu, soldiers and volunteers form human chains to remove the debris, brick by brick.

The bricks come from temples and other historic buildings levelled by the earthquake. Many are very old and are being stored so that they can be used to rebuild these ancient sites.

The soldiers are joined by aid workers – but also tourists. One French visitor said she “just wanted to help”. But it’s an ad hoc approach which characterizes the entire relief operation.

I met rescue and medical teams from France and China. After wandering around they left. “We don’t know what we are supposed to be doing,” one French rescue worker told me.

Their services are required in the remote villages where many are in urgent need of assistance – but they are stuck here in the capital because no-one is telling them what to do.

The Oslo Times

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