Nepal earthquake death toll tops 3,000Comments
As more of the damage wreaked by Nepal’s earthquake becomes clear, the death toll continues to rise.
A total of 3,218 people are now known to have died in Saturday’s disaster, with over 6,500 others injured.
Another 66 were killed across the border in India and at least another 20 in Tibet, China’s state news agency said.
The toll is likely to rise as rescuers struggle to reach remote regions and as bodies buried under rubble are recovered.
The 7.8 magnitude quake struck between the Nepalese city of Pokhara and the capital Kathmandu where many have spend a second night sleeping in the open, either because their homes are flattened or amid fears that aftershocks will bring them crashing down.
Some have lost everything and are now facing a shortage of drinking water and food, as well as the threat of disease.
The most vulnerable are particularly at risk.
Nearly a million children have been severely affected by the earthquake according to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).
“Our biggest concern for them right now is going to be access to clean water and sanitation. We know that water and food is running out,” UNICEF spokesman Christopher Tidey said.
Hundreds of Nepalis have fled the capital for the plains, terror-stricken by two days of powerful aftershocks.
Earthquake in Nepal and main aftershocks
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Thousands of people have flocked to Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan International Airport, now operating again after Nepal’s worst earthquake since 1934.
Locals have sought shelter at the site.
And with hundreds of foreign tourists still missing, their families are hoping loved ones will be able to make the journey back home.