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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.

Apr 28, 2015

Nepal quake toll could reach 10,000, government on “war footing” – PM

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – The death toll in Nepal’s earthquake could reach 10,000, Prime Minister Sushil Koirala told Reuters on Tuesday, ordering intensified rescue efforts and appealing for foreign supplies of tents and medicines.

“The government is doing all it can for rescue and relief on a war footing,” Koirala said in an interview. “It is a challenge and a very difficult hour for Nepal.”

Apr 28, 2015

Nepal quake toll could reach 10,000, govt on ‘war footing’: PM

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – The death toll in Nepal’s earthquake could reach 10,000, Prime Minister Sushil Koirala told Reuters on Tuesday, ordering intensified rescue efforts and appealing for foreign supplies of tents and medicines.

“The government is doing all it can for rescue and relief on a war footing,” Koirala said in an interview. “It is a challenge and a very difficult hour for Nepal.”

Apr 28, 2015

Angry Nepalis wait for quake help as death toll passes 4,000

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Shock turned to anger in Nepal on Tuesday as some of the tens of thousands stricken by a devastating earthquake, which killed more than 4,000 people, expressed frustration at what they said was their government’s slow response to the crisis.

International aid has finally begun arriving in the Himalayan nation of 28 million people after the major quake that struck at about midday on Saturday. A Home Ministry official in the capital, Kathmandu, said the death toll from the 7.9 magnitude quake stood at 4,010, with 7,598 injured.

Apr 28, 2015

Shock turns to anger as Nepalese wait for quake assistance

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Shock turned to anger in Nepal on Tuesday, as some of the tens of thousands of people stricken by the weekend’s devastating earthquake expressed frustration at what they said was their government’s slow response to the crisis.

International aid has finally begun to arrive in the Himalayan nation of 28 million people, as the death toll topped 3,900 people.

Apr 27, 2015

Slow clean-up, aid stirs anger in quake-hit Nepal

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – As Nepalis prepared to spend a third night in the open after Saturday’s earthquake, anger began to emerge at the slow pace of recovery, with government officials in disarray and aid workers struggling to move supplies out of Kathmandu’s overrun airport.

Key highways have been blocked by landslides, and many villages and communities are without water and electricity, surviving on salvaged food and with no outside help.

Apr 27, 2015

Nepal scrambles to organize quake relief, many flee capital

KATHMANDU, Nepal (Reuters) – Nepalese officials scrambled on Monday to get aid from the main airport to people left homeless and hungry by a devastating earthquake two days earlier, while thousands tired of waiting fled the capital Kathmandu for the surrounding plains.

By afternoon, the death toll from Saturday’s 7.9 magnitude earthquake had climbed to more than 3,700, and reports trickling in from remote areas suggested it would rise significantly.

Apr 27, 2015

Desperate Nepalese sleep in open, seek help as aftershocks spread fear

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Thousands of desperate Nepalese huddled under tents and sought scarce food and medical supplies on Monday, two days after a massive quake killed more than 2,500 people, as overwhelmed authorities struggled to care for the wounded and homeless.

The sick and wounded lay out in the open in the capital, Kathmandu, unable to find beds in the devastated city’s hospitals. Surgeons set up an operating theater inside a tent in the grounds of Kathmandu Medical College.