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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.

Apr 26, 2015

Seventeen bodies found at Everest base camp, official says

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Seventeen bodies have been recovered at the base camp on Mount Everest where hundreds of climbers are stranded after an earthquake in Nepal on Saturday triggered an avalanche on the world’s highest peak, a mountaineering official said.

The first helicopter took off from Kathmandu on Sunday morning to airlift the injured after flights were delayed by cloudy weather, Ang Tshering Sherpa, president of the Nepal Mountaineering Association, told Reuters. At least 61 people were injured.

Apr 26, 2015

Bad weather hampers search for avalanche survivors on Everest

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Bad weather frustrated efforts to rescue hundreds of climbers stranded on Mount Everest on Sunday, a day after an earthquake in Nepal triggered an avalanche in possibly the single deadliest incident on the world’s highest peak.

An Indian army climbing team found 18 bodies on Saturday in the first hours after the quake, an army spokesman said.

Apr 26, 2015

Nepal steps up rescue efforts as quake toll jumps to 1,800

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Nepal ramped up efforts on Sunday to rescue people trapped in the rubble of collapsed buildings after an earthquake devastated the heavily crowded Kathmandu valley, killing at least 1,800, and triggered a deadly avalanche on Mount Everest.

The Nepal government urged nations to send aid and braced for the toll to rise after rescuers overnight were hampered by strong aftershocks, blocked highways and a lack of equipment. People used their hands in many places to dig for survivors.

Apr 26, 2015

Nepal seeks help, death toll seen rising after devastating quake

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Nepal urged countries to send aid to help it cope with the aftermath of a devastating earthquake that killed nearly 1,400 people, a toll predicted to rise as rescuers used their hands to dig for survivors among the rubble on Sunday.

Thousands of people braved freezing temperatures and patchy rain to sleep on pavements, in parks or in fields in the crowded Kathmandu valley, too afraid to return to homes damaged by a 7.9 magnitude quake which struck at midday on Saturday.

Apr 25, 2015

Terror and panic in Kathmandu as deadly quake struck

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Nepalese tourist guide Naba Raj Amgai had just returned home from a mountain-biking trip when his home in the capital Kathmandu began to shake, sending a fridge and television smashing to the ground.

He and his wife bolted for the stairs. Outside, his neighbors were pouring onto the street, shouting and crying.

Apr 25, 2015

Quake triggers Everest avalanche, eight people killed

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – A major earthquake in Nepal on Saturday unleashed an avalanche on Mount Everest, killing at least eight people and raising fears for other climbers on the world’s highest peak, a tourism ministry official said.

The avalanche buried part of the base camp for climbers bound for Everest, according to Gyanendra Shrestha at the ministry in Kathmandu. “The toll could go up, it may include foreigners as well as sherpas (guides),” he said.

Apr 25, 2015

Buildings collapse, at least four killed as 7.9 quake hits Nepal, India-witnesses

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – A shallow earthquake measuring 7.9 magnitude struck west of the ancient Nepali capital of Kathmandu on Saturday causing buildings to collapse, injuring many and leaving a pall of dust over the city, witnesses said.

The initial unconfirmed death toll was at least four but could be expected to rise significantly as Kathmandu’s decrepit buildings, crisscrossed by narrow alleys, are home to large families. A 1934 quake of magnitude 8.3 in the impoverished Himalayan nation killed over 8,500 people.