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May 3, 2015

Nepali police find bodies of foreign trekkers, villagers

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – A Nepali police team has pulled out the bodies of about 50 people, including some foreign trekkers, from an avalanche-hit area, officials said on Sunday, as the death toll from last month’s devastating earthquake climbed to over 7,000.

None of the bodies have been identified, said Pravin Pokharel, deputy superintendent of police in the northern district of Rasuwa. Pokharel, who led the police team, said the bodies were pulled out on Saturday, a week after the earthquake, and rescuers would return to the remote area on Sunday.

May 1, 2015

Nepal quake toll passes 6,100, $2 billion needed for reconstruction

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – The death toll from Nepal’s devastating earthquake rose steadily past 6,100 on Friday as fresh aftershocks and the stench of rotting bodies made it hard for nervous survivors to return to their homes.

Disposal of the hundreds of bodies still being found six days after the 7.9 magnitude quake devastated the Himalayan nation of 28 million people was becoming a problem for officials, who have ordered immediate cremations.

May 1, 2015

Nepal quake toll passes 6,100, $2 billion needed for reconstruction

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – The death toll from Nepal’s devastating earthquake rose steadily past 6,100 on Friday as fresh aftershocks and the stench of rotting bodies made it hard for nervous survivors to return to their homes.

Disposal of the hundreds of bodies still being found six days after the 7.9 magnitude quake devastated the Himalayan nation of 28 million people was becoming a problem for officials, who have ordered immediate cremations.

Apr 30, 2015

Nepali quake victim, found after 80-hour ordeal, laments his rescue

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Nepali farmer Rishi Ram Khanal was looking forward to leaving Nepal for Dubai, where a $220-a-month job as a cleaner at a Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant promised him the chance to pull his young family out of a life of poverty.

Those hopes were dashed on Saturday when the 7.8 magnitude quake struck.

Khanal found himself buried under the debris of a five-storey Kathmandu guest house, pinned to the ground by fallen rubble and forced to drink his own urine, as he shouted for help and waited for more than three days to be rescued.

Apr 30, 2015

Climbing to reopen on Everest after quake, avalanche

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Climbing will reopen on Mount Everest next week after damage to routes caused by avalanches that were set off by a huge earthquake, one of which killed 18 climbers at base camp, senior officials said on Thursday.

“Next week, expeditions will continue,” said Tulsi Prasad Gautam, chief of the mountaineering department at the tourism ministry.

Apr 30, 2015

Nature seems to be against us: rain hampers Nepal rescue teams

KATHMANDU, April 30 (Reuters) – Rescue teams toiled in
pouring rain on Thursday in the debris left by last week’s
devastating earthquake in Nepal, but officials said the chances
of finding any more survivors was bleak as the death toll neared
5,500.

While rescue teams were out in the capital Kathmandu despite
the rain, helicopters could not fly to the worst-hit areas in
the countryside of the impoverished Himalayan nation.

Apr 30, 2015

Tired of waiting for aid, angry Nepalis block roads

KATHMANDU/SINDHUPALCHOWK, Nepal (Reuters) – Nepali villagers blocked trucks carrying supplies for earthquake victims on Wednesday, demanding the government do more to help after last week’s disaster left more than 5,200 people dead and tens of thousands homeless and short of food and water.

In the capital Kathmandu, about 200 people protested outside parliament, asking for more buses to go to their homes in remote parts of the Himalayan nation and to hasten the distribution of aid that has flooded into the country but been slow to reach those in need.

Apr 29, 2015

Avalanche-hit Nepal trekkers fight to get on rescue flights

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Trekkers stranded by an avalanche in Nepal, many of them from Israel, fought for food and for places on rescue helicopters after being denied shelter by locals in the aftermath of an earthquake that killed more than 5,000 people.

Up to 250 people were feared missing immediately after an avalanche on Tuesday hit a village in Langtang, a national park north of the capital Kathmandu. In the event, there were no confirmed deaths or serious injuries.

Apr 29, 2015

Tensions rise in Nepal after ‘weak’ response to deadly quake

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Nepali officials conceded they had made mistakes in their initial response to a massive earthquake that has killed more than 4,700 people, as survivors stranded in remote villages and towns waited for aid and relief to arrive on Wednesday.

The government has yet to fully assess the devastation wrought by Saturday’s 7.9 magnitude quake, unable to reach many mountainous areas despite aid supplies and personnel pouring in from around the world.

Apr 28, 2015

Nepalis rue slow government response, some blame politics

KATHMANDU/NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Nepal’s government has drawn early criticism from opposition politicians and some residents for what they say has been a sluggish response to the humanitarian crisis triggered by Saturday’s massive earthquake.

As the body count from the 7.9 magnitude quake in Nepal rose to more than 4,300 on Tuesday, aid had begun to arrive in the country, but disbursement in many areas was slow.