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Nepal quake toll crosses 7056, relief efforts continue apace

 
Remote areas in quake-hit Nepal await aid
 
 
The death toll in the devastating 7.9 magnitude earthquake that struck Nepal on April 25 has crossed 7056 even as search and rescue teams continued their efforts amidst fading hopes of finding any more survivors.
 
Rescue teams from the Nepal Army as well as from the Indian Army and several other foreign agencies continued to dig through the debris of hundreds of collapsed buildings across the country for the ninth day today.
 
Official sources in Kathmandu said more than 14, 225 people had suffered injuries in the earthquake.
 
Sindhupalchowk, the worst affected district, accounted for 2580 deaths, while 1185 people died in capital Kathmandu, 659 in Nuwakot, 410 in Gorkha, 311 in Kavre and 306 in Rasuwa. 
 
Nepalese media reports, quoting the sources said more than 41,200 houses had been destroyed and 149,650 had been severely damaged. More than 10,470 government buildings were completely destroyed and another 14,180 partially damaged.
 
The earthquake was the worst to hit the Himalayan country since the 1934 quake, which measured 8.5 on the Richter scale and killed more than 8000 people.
 
Apart from causing widespread devastation in Nepal, the April 25 tremors were also felt across several parts of north, east, north-east, west and central India as well as Bangladesh. As many as 79 people have been reported killed in the Indian states of Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal and Rajasthan.
 
Nepal's Chief of Army Staff General Gaurav Shumsher Rana has said that the death toll in the quake in his country could cross 10,000.
 
“Around 4,000 people might still be laying beneath the rubble. Rescue operation is being carried out with utmost diligence," he was quoted as telling local journalists.
 
The Indian Army continued its relief operations in Nepal, providing engineer support, medical assistance and relief material in coordination with the Nepalese Army. Army relief convoys moving by road from India have started arriving in Kathmandu, official sources here said.
 
Five Army Aviation advanced light helicopters (ALHs) have been deployed for rescue and relief efforts in Pokhra and adjoining areas inspite of weather and terrain limitations. 
 
The Army has also set up field hospitals at Lagenkhel, Barpak and Senamangal where people are being provided medical relief.
 
The engineer task forces (ETFs) at Barpak are opening roads and have cleared 85 meters track using skid steers and JCBs. They are also helping to clear the debris of collapsed buildings and repair damaged houses.
 
Meanwhile, the National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC) met here yesterday under the chairmanship of Cabinet Secretary, Ajit Seth and reviewed the status of the rescue and relief operations undertaken by different agencies of the government of India in different parts of Nepal.
 
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Personnel of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) continue to be engaged in search and rescue operations. Various state governments have also intensified their efforts towards providing relief materials to Nepal.
 
These materials include tents, tarpaulins, medicines, dry food and water.  The medical teams sent by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare have made two operation theaters functional and have operated more than 20 cases so far.  Experts from India are involved in restoration of power-lines, communication network and other relief related activities in various parts of Nepal, an official press release said.
 
The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) has also provided a Missing Persons Registration Page, it added.
 
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