Toll crosses 5,000 mark

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu
Toll crosses 5,000 mark

Apr 29, 2015-

As the country is trying to recover from the devastation dealt by the 7.9 magnitude earthquake of Satruday noon, the number of people who perished in the Great Quake has surpassed the 5,000 mark with twice as much people injured.

As of Wednesday night, 5,020 bodies were recovered from different parts of the country while the number of injured stands at 10,227.

The highest number of deaths has been reported in central region: 3,098 so far, including 1,034 in Kathmandu, 243 in Bhaktapur and 169 in Lalitpur. At least 413 bodies have been recovered from various districts in western region, 51 in eastern region and two in mid-western region.

The Nepal Army (NA) said that it has rescued 1,112 people who were trapped under the debris so far. Nearly 900 injured people have been airlifted to Kathmandu for treatment. Only on Wednesday, the NA airlifted 201 people, including 109 foreign trekkers, from Langtang, Syaphrubesi and Dhunche in Rasuwa district. Two bodies of a Malaysian and an Estonian nationals were also brought to the Capital.

The NA teams distributed 18,310 kg relief materials in 11 worst earthquake-hit districts on Wednesday.

Rescue and medical teams from countries like India, China and Russia have also arrived in Kathmandu to  lend their assistance at the disaster-affected regions.

Collapsed Structure Search and Respond (CSSR) teams from 11 different are also carrying out search and rescue operation both inside and outside Kathmandu Valley, according to NA.

Meanwhile, Nepal Police has said that geographical remoteness, lack of  transportation service and inclement weather have kept them from reaching some of the severely affected areas to help the victims.  Search and relief teams have still not reached many quake-ravaged sites in different parts of the country where scores of people are reported buried under rubble. Many more are living in dire straits after losing their homes and belongings to earthquake.

Relief and rescue workers have yet to reach many parts of the country, including some VDCs in Sindhupalchok, Dhading and Gorkha, according to Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Police Hemanta Pal.

“We are doing our best to reach to these areas. Hopefully, we will reach there by Thursday,” Pal said in a press conference.

DIG Pal also informed that police took action against 27 people for charging high transport fare from passengers. In the process, police recovered Rs 187,005 and distributed the amount among the passengers.   

“ Those who try to profit from this crisis will face legal action,” said Police Spokesperson DI G Kamal Singh Bom.

Police has also deployed its personnel to curb the cases of  theft and burglary which have increased in the wake of the earthquake. At least

27 people have been arrested on breaking and entering charge.

staggering loss

Total toll: 5,020

Injured: 10,227

Central Region: 3,098

Kathmandu Valley: 1,446

Western Region: 413

Eastern Region: 51

Mid Western Region: 2

Districts    Deaths

1.    Sindhupalchok    1,587

2.    Kathmandu    1,034

3.    Nuwakot    638

4.    Gorkha    407

5.    Dhading    373

6.    Rasuwa    304

7.    Kavre    274

8.    Bhaktapur    243

9.    Lalitpur    169

10.    Dolakha    60

11.    Makwanpur    34

12.    Ramechhap    26

13.    Solukhumbu    22

14.    Okhaldhunga    17

15.    Sindhuli    9

16.    Sunsari    7

17.    Chitwan    6

18.    Bara    5

19.    Parsa    5

20.    Lamjung     4

21.    Kaski    2

22.    Morang    2

23.    Bhojpur    2

24.    Sarlahi    1

25.    Dhanusa    1

26.    Taplejung    1

27.    Tanahu    1

28.    Nawalparasi    1

29.    Rukum    1

30.    Rolpa    1

Published: 30-04-2015 09:18

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