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Old 04-28-15, 11:31 AM
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7.8 Earthquake in Nepal, 5000+ dead

Nepal Earthquake Death Toll Hits 5,000 as Aid Starts Flowing In
By Miguel Almaguer

KATHMANDU, Nepal — The death toll from the devastating 7.8-magnitude earthquake in Nepal surpassed 5,000 on Tuesday, as the government pushed back against criticism over a slow response.

Rescuers were still digging bodies out of the rubble in the capital Kathmandu, where centuries-old buildings were flattened by Saturday's quake and many people were sleeping outside for fear of further aftershocks.

Nepal's National Emergency Operation Center said the death toll had reached 5,057 and that nearly 11,000 people were injured in the quake. Officials have said it was impossible to tell how many bodies remained buried — meaning the death toll could continue to rise.

Amid criticism from some locals — many of whom have been using their bare hands to dig through rubble —Prime Minister Sushil Koirala said the government was doing everything in its capacity.

"The government is doing all it can for rescue and relief on a war footing," Koirala told Reuters. "It is a challenge and a very difficult hour for Nepal."

In the historic old city center of the capital, a crowd erupted in cheers on Tuesday as a dirt-covered man was pulled from the rubble and whisked away into an ambulance.

A Chinese rescue team also managed to pull a 21-year-old man out from the rubble after he had been trapped for 62 hours. Medics said his vital signs were good.

Ross Prince, a 62-year-old Canadian tourist, was at the scene digging with his hands. Prince was on vacation when the quake struck — but said his focus immediately shifted to helping out with relief efforts.

"All you can do is…turn around and help the others," he told NBC News. "It's awful. We have to do something...It just tears you apart."
http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/nep...-4-000-n349381

One story said that the death toll will probably go above 10,000. It took me a little searching to see that. Most of the headlines seem to be about Western climbers being rescued from Mt Everest.

Nepal Earthquake: Around 200 Rescued From Mount Everest, Says Tourism Ministry
World | Agence France-Presse | Updated: April 28, 2015 11:53 IST

Kathmandu: Around 200 people have been rescued from the Mount Everest, Nepal's tourism ministry said on Tuesday and added that 19 people are dead.

After the weather conditions improved, four helicopters were deployed on Monday to evacuate the mountaineers stranded due to avalanche.

"Almost all climbers and high-altitude guides have descended from Camp 1 and 2 and everything is fine," Director General of the Ministry of Tourism Tulsi Prasad Gautam told Xinhua news agency.

According to department reports, at least 19 climbers, including five foreign nationals, have been confirmed dead in two avalanches triggered by a massive earthquake on Saturday which has killed over 4,000 people.

However, mountaineering officials say the exact number of casualties is yet to be confirmed.
Story First Published: April 28, 2015 11:41 IST
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Re: 7.8 Earthquake in Nepal, 5000+ dead

Or as the Los Angeles Times headline put it above an otherwise excellent article:

Nepal earthquake: 8 million affected, 4 Americans dead; how to help
http://www.latimes.com/world/asia/la...htmlstory.html

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I have a co-worker from Nepal. Her sister and niece are in Katmandu, living in a tent right now because of this. My office mate's grandson is near Katmandu (a college kid doing a semester abroad) and living in a shelter right now.
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Re: 7.8 Earthquake in Nepal, 5000+ dead

That sucks, Ash, but glad they're alive.

While being in city would be bad enough I couldn't imagine being on Everest when it hit.
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A disaster, needless to say.
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Jeez took long enough. Doesnt DVDTalk realize I get my news information here.
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I'm about to start a thread about the 800 drowned migrants. Stay tuned for more.
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Cool, thanks.
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They said on the news this morning that there were 10k dead now and they expect that number may double. Wow.
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Re: 7.8 Earthquake in Nepal, 5000+ dead

10,000 dead far away. Nine posts.

A few injuries and fires in Baltimore. 12 pages.
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Incredibly sad situation. Hopefully all those capable of donating will do so.
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Re: 7.8 Earthquake in Nepal, 5000+ dead

Just got hit with another one (eastern Nepal, magnitude 7.3)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-32701385
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Re: 7.8 Earthquake in Nepal, 5000+ dead

As if they weren't rocked enough. Though this isn't out of the norm for big quakes to hit multiple times with the same intensity in the same area after a big one. You just have to feel bad for the people though. What little they had and now all rubble.

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