Toll from Great Quake tops 4200

- Manish Gautam, BINOD GHIMIRE, Kathmandu

Apr 27, 2015-

More than 48 hours after the Great Earthquake, the death toll from the disaster has reached 4,264 and is likely to shoot up. Over 6,800 people have been reported injured in the catastrophe as of late Monday night.

Although rescue efforts are under way, there were also reports of lack of coordination among government agencies responsible for search and rescue operations.

People from the worst hit districts of Sindhupalchok, Nuwakot, Gorkha and Dhading have complained of delayed aid. As authorities have failed to reach many VDCs, the toll is expected to increase further.

Nepal Army, which is responsible for coordinating rescue efforts, has promised to step up search and rescue in rural parts of the country.    

The highest number of causalities have been reported in the central region with 2,293  deaths in districts including Sindhupalchok, Dhading and Nuwakot. Likewise, 231 deaths were recorded in the western region and only two deaths in the mid-western region.

Two inmates of the Sundhara-based Central Jail in Kathmandu also reportedly died in the earthquake.

Meanwhile, the NA has identified over 20 areas where search and rescue efforts need to be escalated. These areas include a collapsed seven-storey building in Kapan, BCG Hotel in Sundarijal, Ganeshtan in Gongabu, Greenland in Maharajgunj, Nabil Bank in Balaju, Dallu in Swoyambhu, Bhotahity-Indrachowk and Ason stretch, Harisiddhi in Lalitpur, Customer service of Inland Revenue Department in Baluwatar, Thadodhunga of Dhobighat, Shri Hotel in Basundhara, Namuna Hotel in Dhapasi, Balaju-Nepaltar stretch and Shovabhagwati.

Though the Army, accompanied by the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) of India, is conducting search and rescue in the most affected districts, hardly around 1,000 injured have been airlifted to hospital so far.

The NA has rescued 646 people deploying its six choppers while the NDRF has airlifted 118 from Gorkha, Nuwakot, Dhading, Kavrepalanchok and Rasuwa districts so far.

NA personnel, backed by the armies from 10 different countries, have launched operation ‘Sankant Mochan’ to conduct search, rescue and relief works in the 11 most affected districts under the leadership of Maj Gen Binoj Basnyat. But the joint team has dispatched hardly around 2,000 kg relief materials and around 800 tents in Nuwakot and Barfok Village Development Committees in Gorkha, the epicentre of the Great Earthquake.

NA has said the difficulty in the identification of the places where people have trapped is the main challenge. “We don’t have problem with human resource but we lack adequate equipment,” said Colonial Naresh Subba, coordinator of Multinational Military Coordination Centre (MNMCC). “However, we have been receiving such equipment from various countries.”

According to NA Spokesperson Brigadier General Jagdish Chandra Pokharel armies from 10 countries have already arrived for the rescue and treatment, and they are working in various places mainly in Kathmandu. Different army and the civilian teams comprising around 800 members have been working in Sitapaila, Kapan, Shovabhagwati, Ason and Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu and in Nuwakot district. The Indian support team also has been carrying out rescue and relief programme using its six MI-17 helicopters.

The 30-member team from Pakistan has set up full-fledged field hospital in Bhakapur, besides carrying out search and rescue. Similarly, Collapsed Structure Search and Rescue (CSSR) team from China has been deployed in Balaju area while a 12-member medical team is also on the field. Teams from Turkey, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Sri Lanka and Poland have also been deployed in and outside Kathmandu Valley.

NA said an Israeli team is set to arrive in Kathmandu on Tuesday with a field hospital which includes ICU, Operation Theatre, neonatal care unit and other essential facilities. Similarly, a team from the USA, Belgium, Russia, Japan, Israel and Singapore are also set to arrive with sophisticated rescue equipment and medical teams.

Casualties

District     Deaths

1.    Sindhupalchok    1,176

2.    Kathmandu    1,029

3.    Nuwakot    448

4.    Dhading    303

5.    Rasuwa    250

6.    Kavre    241

7.    Gorkha    223

8.    Bhaktapur    241

9.    Lalitpur    157

10.    Dolakha    50

11.    Makwanpur    35

12.    Ramechhap    26

13.    Solukhumbu    21

14.    Okhaldhunga    17

15.    Sindhuli    9

16.    Sunsari    7

17.    Bara    5

18.    Chitwan    5

19.    Lamjung     4

20.    Parsa    3

21.    Kaski    2

22.    Morang    2

23.    Bhojpur    2

24.    Sarlahi    1

25.    Dhanusha    1

26.    Taplejung    1

27.    Tanahu    1

28.    Nawalparasi    1

29.    Rukum    1

30.    Rolpa    1

Total toll: 4,264

Injured: 6,862

Kathmandu Valley: 1,427

Eastern Region: 50

Central Region: 2554

Western Region: 231

Published: 28-04-2015 11:24

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