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Nepal quake toll crosses 6200, rescue and relief efforts continue

 
Daily life in earthquake-hit Kathmandu's makeshift tents
 
 
The death toll in the devastating magnitude 7.9 earthquake that struck Nepal last Saturday has crossed 6200 as search and rescue teams continued to dig through the debris of hundreds of collapsed buildings across the country for the seventh day today.
 
Official sources said the number of those injured was around 10,000.
 
The central region of Nepal accounted for the highest number of deaths, including 1130 in Kathmandu, 266 in Bhaktapur and 171 in Lalitpur. 
 
The earthquake was the worst to hit the Himalayan country since the 1934 quake, which measured 8.5 on the Richter scale which killed more than 8000 people.
 
Apart from causing widespread devastation in Nepal, Saturday's tremors were also felt across several parts of north, east, north-east, west and central India as well as Bangladesh.
 
The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) said the temblor, with its epicentre at latitude 28.1°N and longitude 84.6°E, occurred at 1141 hours IST on April 25 at a focal depth of 10 km. This was followed by a second quake, measuring 6.6 on the Richter scale, about 34 minutes later in the same area, about 80 km north-west of Kathmandu, the capital of the Himalayan country.
 
As many as 72 deaths were also reported in India, including 57 in Bihar, 12 in Uttar Pradesh, two in West Bengal and one in Rajasthan, official sources said.
 
The earthquake had been felt in several other parts of India, including Delhi, Madhya Pradesh, the North East and Madhya Pradesh as well as in neighbouring Bangladesh.
 
The earthquake also triggered an avalanche on Mount Everest and caught several climbers unawares on the mountain, the reports said. A spokesperson for the Indian Ministry of Defence said 19 bodies of climbers from various countries had been recovered from the Everest base camp. 
 
The Indian Army's medical teams, Army aviation helicopters and Engineer Task Forces (ETFs) continued to assist in the rescue efforts in Nepal.
 
The helicopters are being used to evacuate people and rescue those stranded in remote locations as well as to transport relief material.
 
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The Army has set up three field hospitals to provide succour to the affected people. Mobile medical teams from these hospitals are reaching out to people in nearby areas.
 
The ETFs are helping to open roads and establish road communication in the affected areas as well as in clearance of debris.
 
The Indian Air Force (IAF) has deployed several transport aircraft to carry relief personnel and material to Nepal from India and to bring back home stranded Indian tourists and pilgrims.
 
President Pranab Mukherjee conveyed to Mr Deep Kumar Upadhyay, the new Ambassador of Nepal who presented his credentials to him here yesterday, that India sood with the people of Nepal in this hour of distress.
 
He said India felt strongly for their brothers and sisters in Nepal who have been affected by the tragedy and hoped the situation would return to normalcy soon.
 
Mr Upadhyay said Nepal was struggling to come to terms with the devastation caused by the earthquake. The support and sympathy of the government and people of India was a great source of strength for Nepal, he said.
 
Nepal is grateful for the swift action by the Government of India, Mr Upadhyay added.
 
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