Latest of the 7.3 Nepal earthquake : 65 dead & 1926 injured


By Ram Khatry with Bharat Raj Poudel in Brisbane & Krandan Chapagain in Kathmandu


UPDATED 13 May 2015 1:35 PM AEST: The spokesperson of Nepal Police says a total of 65 people have so far lost their lives to yesterday’s magnitude 7.3 Nepal earthquake with epicentre in the alpine district of Dolakha.

DIGP Kamal Singh Bam
DIGP Kamal Singh Bam

Number of confirmed death toll district-wise:

Dolakha – 30, Kathmandu – 5, Lalitpur – 1, Bhaktapur – 2, Sunsari – 1, Udaypur – 1, Sindhupalchowk-11, Ramechhap – 5, Sindhuli – 2, Makwanpur – 1, Dhanusha – 1, Sarlahi – 1, Mahottari – 1, Rautahat – 2 and Gorkha 1.

The hardest hit is Dolakha district, the Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Nepal Police Kamal Singh Bam told southasia.com.au.

According to the latest police records, 1926 people have sustained injuries out of which 1692 are still receiving treatment for their injuries of varying seriousness and nature.

CEzhtx0UUAAn_foDIG Bam says the government does not expect the death toll to rise dramatically this time because the relief operations from the previous disaster (April 25, 7.8 magnitude) were still on and also because people fortunately listened to the government’s advice against living in the partially damaged buildings.

He says so far as Kathmandu is concerned, there were not many victims trapped under the rubble of the tall buildings, as one would normally fear.

He wanted to assure the public that the government is leaving no stone unturned to carry out the rescue and relief operations to immediately support the victims of this latest disaster that hit 32 districts yesterday, May 12. Asked if he knows of any areas that are still cut off from the rescue operations, he says he has no particular knowledge of such places but does not rule out such possibilities given the nature of Nepal’s difficult terrain. “In case of far-flung mountainous areas, there might be places that are cut off by landslides but we do not have any information as such,” the police spokesperson says.

His department does not have any latest information on the location of the US marine helicopter which is said to be missing in Dolakha district but maintains an intense search operations are on around Charikot area, the headquarters of the hardest hit Dolakha district.

Edited by Esther Nimmo in Adelaide

Please click here for the previous report on the 7.3 magnitude Nepal earthquake.

 

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