Himalayan Tragedy: Nepal earthquake toll crosses 7000, more bodies under debris feared

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Powerful earthquake hits Nepal

The death toll in Nepal from the  devastating earthquake has risen to 7,040, an official from the National Emergency Operations Centre said.  More than 14,000 other people were reportedly injured in the 7.8 magnitude quake that hit the Himalayan nation on August 25, the Centre’s duty officer said. “But the figure (for the number killed) is likely to rise,” the officer said. More than 100 people in neighbouring India and China also died in the quake, officials say.

The focus has shifted from searching through the rubble for survivors to providing much-needed aid to those stranded in far-flung areas of the impoverished nation. Officials in Nepal say the death toll from last weekend’s massive earthquake has climbed past 7,000.

National police officer Babu Kanji Giri said that the death toll had reached 7,040 as more bodies are found in the debris.  The Home Ministry said that 14,123 people were injured in the April 25 quake. Of them, 6,512 are being treated in hospitals. Nepal’s Home Ministry official Laxmi Dhakal says hopes of finding any more survivors are fading away as more than a week has passed since the massive earthquake. He says: “Unless they were caught in an air pocket, there is not much possibility.”

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