Nepal Declares Three-Day Mourning as Death Toll Surpasses 5000

World | April 28, 2015, Tuesday // 21:55
Bulgaria: Nepal Declares Three-Day Mourning as Death Toll Surpasses 5000 A woman collects some of her belongings from a collapsed building at Shaku, Nepal 28 April 2015. Photo: EPA

Nepal declared a three-day national mourning for the more than 5000 victims of the disastrous earthquake, which hit the country on Saturday.

Nepal's Prime Minister Sushil Koirala said that the government was doing all it could, but was overwhelmed by the scale of the natural disaster, the BBC reports.

Rescue workers were still struggling to access remote areas of the Himalayas, with the heavy rain worsening the situation.

According to UN estimates, eight million people in 39 districts were affected by the earthquake, which had a magnitude of 7.8.

More than a quarter of Nepal's population was affected with the death toll exceeding 5000 people, while more than 10 000 were injured, but the figures are constantly rising.

Eighteen climbers, who were at the base camp of Mount Everest were killed when the earthquake caused an avalanche.

Rescue teams are experiencing lack of equipment and expert personnel, while landslips and aftershocks around the epicentre of the earthquake are additionally hampering their recovery efforts.

Helicopters had dropped tents, dry food and medicines to remote villages, but many isolated communities were still to be reached.

The international community has immediately responded to the natural disaster, with some countries sending aircraft to aid the rescue efforts, while international organisations launched fundraising campaigns.

The economic damages have been estimated at USD 5 B, while the death toll is expected to reach 10 000.

Up to 250 people were declared missing after an avalanche hit Rasuwa in eastern Nepal on Tuesday.

We need your support so Novinite.com can keep delivering news and information about Bulgaria! Thank you!

World » Be a reporter: Write and send your article
Tags: Nepal, Earthquake, mourning, natural disaster, Himalayas, Avalanche, aftershock, Mount Everest, rescue, recovery, landslip, damage
Advertisement
Advertisement
Expats.bg All Are Welcome! Join Now!
Bulgaria news Novinite.com (Sofia News Agency - www.sofianewsagency.com) is unique with being a real time news provider in English that informs its readers about the latest Bulgarian news. The editorial staff also publishes a daily online newspaper "Sofia Morning News." Novinite.com (Sofia News Agency - www.sofianewsagency.com) and Sofia Morning News publish the latest economic, political and cultural news that take place in Bulgaria. Foreign media analysis on Bulgaria and World News in Brief are also part of the web site and the online newspaper. News Bulgaria