04 May, Kathmandu
The death toll in Nepal has risen to 7256 in the April 25 earthquake while the number of injured has reached 14,267.
Nepalese government spokesperson Laxmi Prasad Dhakal has told that as many as 7,124 bodies have been handed over to the respective families of the deceased. Of the 14,267 injured, 6,085 are receiving treatment in various hospitals. Maximum 2,829 deaths have been reported from Sindhupalchowk district.
Nepal Prime Minister Sushil Koirala has said the collected relief materials is not sufficient for quake victims. Urging the international community and donor agencies to support Nepal to take relief materials to remote areas of hilly and mountainous region he has said that the country is in dire need of tents and tarpaulins for temporary shelter, dry foods, water purifying equipment, mattresses and medicine.
He held a meeting with Executive Director of World Food Programme Ertharin Cousin in Kathmandu Sunday. During the meeting, Mr Koirala said that the victims’ problems may worsen if they are not settled before monsoon.
Meanwhile, Multi nations rescue and relief operation in earthquake affected areas is under way in full swing. Relief has now started reaching to remote towns and villages. Indian Air force has pressed several helicopters in service to drop the relief materials in affected districts.
Authorities are yet to reach some remote villages where the health condition of injured has deteriorated. The earthquake victims in hilly areas are still deprived of much needed relief materials.
NDRF team has retrieved three bodies from the rubble in Kathmandu. It also established one more medical camp at Balaju Bus park area near Gauri Shankar Guest House, and provided medical treatment to 33 sick and injured victims.
Rescuers from NDRF has rescued 11 injured persons, retrieved 132 bodies and provided medical aid to 1157 injured and sick victims in the medical camps.
Different Indian organisations have started self-sufficient Langars in Bhaktpur and Lalitpur districts with the help of Indian embassy to provide meals to the affected persons. Thousands of people living in relief camps are getting foods from Langars. Indian embassy officials are facilitating the organisations to set up the langars in affected areas.