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May 7, 2015

Hundreds of bodies may be buried in Nepal avalanche, official says

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Body parts are strewn on the slopes of a mountain in Nepal, and up to 300 people, many of them foreigners, are believed buried there by an avalanche set off by last month’s earthquake, an official said on Thursday.

Rescuers pulled out six bodies from the Langtang village area, 60 km (40 miles) north of Kathmandu, on Wednesday but operations were being hampered by bad weather, said Gautam Rimal, assistant district administrator.

May 5, 2015

Bad weather disrupts links with avalanche-hit Nepal village

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Bad weather has cut links with a remote village in Nepal where dozens of villagers and trekkers are believed to be buried under an avalanche set off by last month’s devastating earthquake, officials said on Tuesday.

The death toll from the April 25 earthquake in the Himalayan nation has reached 7,557, the government said.

May 4, 2015

About 100 bodies found in Nepal trekking village

KATHMANDU, May 4 (Reuters) – Nepali police and local
volunteers found the bodies of about 100 trekkers and villagers
buried in an avalanche set off by last month’s devastating
earthquake and were digging through snow and ice for signs of
dozens more missing, officials said on Monday.

The bodies were recovered on Saturday and Sunday at the
Langtang village, 60 kilometres(40 miles) north of Kathmandu,
which is on a trekking route popular with Westerners. The entire
village, which includes 55 guesthouses for trekkers, was wiped
out by the avalanche, officials said.

May 4, 2015

Three rescued eight days after Nepal quake as U.S. Marines arrive

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Three people were pulled alive from the rubble of their home eight days after Nepal’s devastating earthquake, as a supply logjam threatened to hamper disaster relief efforts bolstered by the arrival of U.S. aircraft and troops.

The small-scale rescue, announced on Sunday by a home ministry official, brought fresh hope to a badly-hit district northeast of the capital Kathmandu, but about 50 bodies were also discovered on a northern trekking route obliterated by an avalanche that the April 25 quake triggered.

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.