Over 3,200 killed in Nepal earthquake; aftershocks force people to stay outdoors 

Nepal 123

April 27,Kathmandu: Thousands of people spent last night huddled under makeshift tents fashioned from plastic sheeting that did little to protect them from heavy rain, sleepless with fear as aftershocks rattled Nepal, where more than 3,200 people have died in Saturday’s earthquake, according to a senior disaster management official.”The death toll has reached 3,218 and over 6,500 are injured,” said Rameshwor Dangal, who heads the Nepal home ministry’s national disaster management division, news agency AFP reported.”55 aftershocks have been observed till now,” LS Rathore, Director General, India Meteorological Department (IMD) said. 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 epicentr of Saturday’s quake, said he was in desperate need of help.Saturday’s magnitude 7.8 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 per cent of the army out there working on search and rescue,” he said. “We are focusing our efforts on that, on saving lives.”

Canada has also pledged money and resources to the effort. A shipment of emergency supplies and the first wave of specialized Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) members departed CFB Trenton on Sunday evening — flying to Europe, Kuwait and then India, where they will wait until called into Nepal.

The Oslo Times

 

The Oslo Times The Oslo Times The Oslo Times The Oslo Times
Logged in to post comment.


Login