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Live: Nepal earthquake death toll touches 7,365; 100 bodies found at a village

A high-intensity earthquake measuring 7.5 on the Richter scale rocked many parts of East and North India, including Delhi, epicentre of which was Nepal.

Anshu Lal May 05, 2015 08:28:10 IST
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Live: Nepal earthquake death toll touches 7,365; 100 bodies found at a village

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The New York Times put out a list of some of the agencies around the world soliticing donations for relief measures in earthquake-hit Nepal. Here is a list of the sites of such agencies:

American Jewish World Service: ajws.org

The Salvation Army: salvationarmyusa.org

International Medical Corps: internationalmedicalcorps.org

Handicap International: handicap-international.us

Unicef: unicef.org

PayPal: paypal.com

Mercy Corps: mercycorps.org

Catholic Relief Services: crs.org

Habitat for Humanity International: habitat.org

Global Giving: globalgiving.org

The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee: jdc.org

Oxfam: oxfamamerica.org

World Vision: worldvision.org

Red Cross: redcross.org

United Nations World Food Program: wfp.org

Samaritan’s Purse: samaritanspurse.org

CARE: care.org

Save the Children: savethechildren.org

Lutheran World Relief: lwr.org

The Jewish Federations of North America: jewishfederations.org

SOS: Children’s Villages International: sos-childrensvillages.org

Doctors Without Borders: donate.doctorswithoutborders.org

MAP International: mapinternational.org

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May 05, 2015 - 08:37 (IST)

100 bodies found at Langtang village

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.

The trekkers' 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.

The dead include at least seven foreigners but only two had been identified, he said.

Read the full Reuters copy here.

May 04, 2015 - 16:56 (IST)

Death toll in Nepal earthquake has surged to 7,365, says Nepal home ministry

The toll across Nepal from the devastating 25 April earthquake has surged to 7,365, according to the latest update by the country's home ministry.

According to the update, the number of injured people has reached 14,355. The highest number of deaths has been recorded in the Sindhupalchowk district, which currently has soared to 2,838, while in Kathmandu the toll has steadily risen to 1,202.

As many as 10,744 government buildings have been flattened while 14,741 sustained partial damages.

May 04, 2015 - 16:10 (IST)

Mamata Banerjee leaves for Indo-Nepal border

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee left for the Indo-Nepal border in Darjeeling district to oversee relief measures being taken.

Banerjee told newsmen at Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport that she was carrying with her certain things that the Nepal government had sought.

"There is scarcity of some things in Nepal which its government has sought from us. I am carrying those things," she said. - PTI

May 04, 2015 - 16:04 (IST)

Sad that land where Buddha was born is in serious trouble: Modi

The situation in earthquake-hit Nepal is "beyond our imagination", Prime Minister Narendra Modi said.

Modi said he was sad that the land where Lord Buddha was born was in serious trouble following the earthquake.

Speaking on the occasion of Buddha Poornima at the Talkatora Stadium in New Delhi, the Prime Minister said: "I pray to Buddha that the earthquake victims should not suffer any more."

He said the gathering was conscious of the suffering that the recent earthquake has caused in Nepal, but added that this is also an opportunity for everyone to follow Lord Buddha's message of "karuna" (compassion), and wipe the tears of those suffering in Nepal. - IANS

May 04, 2015 - 15:59 (IST)

Not just India: Nepal has asked all foreign search and rescue teams to leave, says NDRF DG

NDRF DG OP Singh rejected reports of the Nepal government being upset with India and said that it was not just the NDRF but all foreign search and rescue teams which were being withdrawn from Nepal.

"This is not India-specific. This is meant for all the foreign search and rescue teams have been asked to leave because their work is almost over," Singh told CNN-IBN.

"No team of NDRF has been withdrawn from Nepal. All 16 teams are there," Singh said, adding that he was still waiting for an official statement to be made by the Nepal government.

May 04, 2015 - 15:43 (IST)

Nepal govt asks NDRF to return to India

According to TV reports, the Nepal government has told the NDRF in the country to wind up its relief and rescue operations and return to India.

"We don't need further support," CNN-IBN quoted Nepal PMO as saying. Nepal government was reportedly upset with the publicity given to India in the relief operations, sources told CNN-IBN.

May 04, 2015 - 12:24 (IST)

Nepal govt urges foreign rescue workers to return home

Nepal's government urged foreign rescue workers in the quake-hit capital to return home on Monday as hundreds of people visited Buddhist shrines and monasteries to mark the birthday of Gautam Buddha.

Information Minister Minendra Rijal said the major rescue work in Kathmandu and surrounding areas have been completed and that the remaining operations can be handled by local workers. However, work remained in the villages and remote mountain areas and foreign aid volunteers could work with local police and army rescuers in those areas, he said.

Since the 25 April earthquake, 4,050 rescue workers from 34 different nations have flown to Nepal to help in rescue operations, provide emergency medical care and distribute food and other necessities.

Read the full AP report here.

May 04, 2015 - 12:21 (IST)

Aftershock of magnitude 4.3 hit Nepal on Sunday

Fresh aftershocks, including one measuring 4.3 on the Richter Scale on Sunday, sent a fresh wave of panic among people, most of whom have been staying in the open battling bad weather and scarce food and water supplies following the country's worst earthquake in 80 years. - PTI

May 04, 2015 - 12:19 (IST)

At least 41 Indians killed in Nepal, death toll at 7,276

At least 41 Indians are among 57 foreigners killed in Nepal in the powerful earthquake, said the Nepal police.

A total of 57 foreigners have been killed in the quake.

"So far, 7,276 people have died and another 14,267 people were injured in the quake," the statement said.
At least 10 Indians were among injured, it added. - PTI

May 04, 2015 - 11:37 (IST)

One-minute silence observed in memory of Nepal Earthquake victims during Buddha Poornima celebrations at Delhi attended by PM Narendra Modi.

A high-intensity quake measuring 7.9 on the Richter scale on Saturday rocked many parts of east and north India, including Delhi. The epicentre of the earthquake was in Nepal.

Tremors were felt across eastern and northern parts of India, said JL Gautam, Head Operations Seismology of Indian Meteorological Department (IMD).

"Earthquake of magnitude 7.5 occurred today at 11.41 AM between latitude 28.1 North and Longitude 84.6 East. The epicentre was located in Nepal," an IMD statement said. The magnitude was later revised to 7.9.

Live Nepal earthquake death toll touches 7365 100 bodies found at a village

An earthquake of magnitude 7.9 hit Nepal on Saturday. Reuters

The tremors, which were felt in Bihar, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Haryana and Punjab, lasted for about a minute, triggering panic and forcing people to rush out of their houses and offices.

There were no immediate reports of loss of life or damage to property in Delhi, but several houses were damaged and reports of people being injured in Nepal.

PM Narendra Modi tweeted about the earthquake, saying the government was in the process of finding out more information.

ANI also reported that after the tremors, a stampede took place in Kutchery, Varanasi.

Officials said Metro train services in Delhi were also affected due to the earthquake. Mobile phone services in Patna were also reportedly affected.

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar consulted his state administration and took stock of the situation. "Information is being collected from all districts. Everyone is on the field," Nitish Kumar said.

Mild tremors were felt in various parts of Uttar Pradesh, triggering panic and forcing people to rush out in the open.

Etah, Farukkhabad, Mainpuri, Hathras, Aligarh, Varanasi, Sultanpur, Rae Bareli, Faizabad and Muzaffarnagar were some of the districts that experienced the quake.

In Rajasthan, the tremors were felt in Jaipur, Jhunjhunu, Ajmer, Sikar and Bundi.

In Jaipur, people in Bapu Nagar, Barkat Nagar, Sodala and Jhotwara rushed out of their buildings in panic. However, no loss to life or property was reported.

The tremors were felt in various parts of Kolkata, especially in Lake Town, Salt Lake, Dalhousie and Park street area.

"The tremors of the earthquake which had its epicentre in Nepal region was felt here in the city and other parts of the Eastern region. The magnitude of the earthquake on the Richter Scale is 7.5 . We are still waiting for more details," DK Das , a senior official of Kolkata Meteorological department said.

Reports from the districts said it was also experienced in Purulia, Bankura, Burdwan, East Midnapore and Nadia district.

No loss of life or property was reported from anywhere in Haryana and Punjab, which also felt the tremors.

DG of Meteorological Department LS Rathore also said that aftershocks of 6.6 magnitude were felt following the initial tremors. MET Director GL Gautam called the earthquake a "massive earthquake".

(With inputs from PTI)

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