Nepal Earthquake Death Toll Rises Above 6,000

Nepal Earthquake Death Toll Rises Above 6,000

*UPDATE* 5/12 2:05pm EST

Another quake has struck Nepal, this time at a 7.3 magnitude and the death toll is currently at 37, with over 1,000 injured.

The death toll from Nepal’s April 25 earthquake now stands at 8,019, the country’s National Emergency Operations Center said Sunday. Also, 17,866 people were injured and 366 are still missing.

*UPDATE* 5/1 10:55pm EST

The latest police report has confirmed 6,260 fatalities, with 13,924 injured and thousands still unaccounted for. Finance minister Ram Sharan Mahat said Nepal would need at least $2 billion to rebuild homes, hospitals, government offices and historic buildings.

*UPDATE* 4/28 12:20pm EST

5,057 people are now confirmed dead and over 10,900 are injured. According to prime minister Sushil Koirala, the earthquake’s death toll could climb to 10,000 or higher when the recovery phase is completed

*UPDATE* 4/27 2:15pm EST

RTE News reported that by late afternoon on Monday local time, the home ministry’s National Emergency Operation Centre confirmed there are now 4,010 dead and more than 7,500 injured across Nepal- the country hit hardest by the large scale earthquake. An avalanche triggered by the quake killed a further 18 people at Mount Everest’s base camp and 85 people in India and China. More than 100,000 people are left homeless and hungry and the search for more survivors is still underway.

According to Yahoo News, Nepal police official says at least 3,218 are confirmed dead so far and another 6,500 people are injured, following the massive earthquake that rocked Nepal’s capital Kathmandu and four surrounding countries before noon on Saturday.

Nepal earthquake death toll

The areas hit by the massive earthquake on Saturday (Image source: BBC)

The powerful earthquake, which the U.S. Geological Survey revised the magnitude from 7.5 to 7.9, killed thousands and collapsed houses, toppled centuries-old temples, and triggered avalanches on Mt. Everest. The quake hit at 11:56 a.m. local time and the aftershock, which was a strong 6.7 magnitude quake, triggered even more avalanches in the Himalayas, unleashing Everest’s worst natural disaster and was the worst tremor to hit the poor South Asian nation in over 80 years since 8,500 people were killed in 1934.

#kathmadu #earthquke #nepal 7.5 magnutude, blessed to be safe without injury

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The quality of buildings in Kathmandu are very poor and the Kathmandu Valley is densely populated with nearly 2.5 million people.

More than 5,000 people have been injured, and hospital workers had to stretcher patients out into the street as it was too dangerous to treat them indoors. Witnesses say they saw people running through the streets in panic, ambulance sirens blared, and government helicopters hovering overhead. 

So far 18 people have also been confirmed dead in an avalanche that swept through the Mount Everest base camp in the wake of the earthquake, including Google executive Dan Fredinburg, and another 61 people were killed in neighboring India. The avalanche in Everest left mountaineers calling for helicopter assistance to evacuate the most badly wounded.

The weather is expected to worsen over the next few days, as heavy rains are pouring down on residents who are sleeping outside after losing their homes or because of continued aftershocks. Authorities continue to search for more survivors that may be trapped under debris; however, it is becoming increasingly evident that authorities are ill-equipped to rescue those trapped and would have trouble maintaining adequate supplies of water, electricity and food.

Nepal earthquake death toll rises but survivors stay safe outdoors

People gather on an open space for safety at Basantapur Durbar Square, damaged in Saturday’s earthquake, in Kathmandu, Nepal, Sunday, April 26, 2015. (Image source: AP/Bernat Armangue/TheBlaze)

UK announce £5m funding for Nepal relief effort to provide urgent support for people affected by the quake. Other countries, including U.S. and Norway, have pledged their assistance and are giving aid money as well to help the country that is experiencing frequent power cuts and is running out of food and water.

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