29 April, Kathmandu
The death toll in Saturday’s devastating earthquake and the aftershocks across the country has crossed the 6,000 mark. Giving this information Deputy Prime Minister of Nepal Bam Dev Gautam said that more than 11,000 people have been injured in the quake.
Nepal Information Minister and government spokesperson Minendra Rijal has said that millions of people are still living in the open without basic amenities like drinking water and food. Power and telephone connectivity has been restored in some areas but most parts are still without electricity.Once the rescue operations are complete, the focus would shift to provide relief to those affected in 29 districts.
Meanwhile, India has stepped up relief and rescue operations in quake hit Nepal. Rescue workers stepped up efforts to locate survivors trapped under tonnes of rubble of flattened homes and buildings in earthquake-hit Nepal. Rescue teams are reaching remote mountainous areas.
Multi-national rescue teams with sniffer dogs and advanced equipment are desperately trying to locate survivors as hundreds of people are still missing. More than 700 disaster relief experts drawn from the National Disaster Relief Force have been deployed by India.
Rescue work was affected yesterday afternoon due to rain. Removing the huge amount of debris from collapsed structures in Kathmandu Valley to search for survivors is reportedly becoming an uphill task for want of proper equipment for such large scale operations.
Nepal Army spokesman Brigadier General Jagdish Chandra Pokhrel said there is still hope to find many people alive and efforts are being made to reach them. He said, Nepal is thankful its good friend India for providing the aviation support to reach areas which are not accessible by road.