Nepal Prime Minister Sushil Koirala announced that the earthquake death toll could touch 10,000 as rescue workers finally reached mountainous areas and found hundreds were still trapped under tons of rubble in Kathmandu and some of the remote areas that have been fending for themselves since the 7.9 magnitude quake struck on Apr 25.
PM Koirala appealed for more international aid as helicopters flew over the high mountains of Gorkha district, ferrying the injured to towns for treatment and aid supplies. India was praised for sending rescuers, sniffer dogs, tents and food. PM Modi offered assistance an hour after the quake and shipments of aid arrived in around six or seven hours. India enlarged its relief operations and rushed Gorkha soldiers to remote places to assess the situations. India also helped evacuate 170 nationals from 15 countries.
According to the US resident coordinator in Kathmandu, 8 million people were affected by the quake and 1.4 million need food assistance.
Rain hampered rescue missions and at the outdoor cremation grounds which have been busy nonstop, work continued as men carried logs and grieving families lit funeral pyres.
On the brighter side a woman was rescued after spending four days under the rubble of a 5-storey building in Kathmandu and all the climbers who had been stranded at camps on the route to Mt Everest were airlifted to safety with India’s help.