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Nepal Quake Toll Passes 3,700

Nepal Quake Toll Passes 3,700Nepal Quake Toll Passes 3,700

More than 3,720 people were confirmed killed in the Nepal 7.8 magnitude quake, and more than 6,500 were injured, the government said on Monday.

A senior interior ministry official said authorities had not been able to establish contact with some of the worst affected areas in the mountainous nation, and that the death toll could reach 5,000, France24 reported.

Roads leading out of Kathmandu were jammed with people, some with babies in their arms, trying to climb onto buses or hitch a ride aboard cars and trucks to the plains.

Many of Kathmandu’s one million residents have slept in the open since Saturday’s quake, either because their homes were flattened or they were terrified that aftershocks would bring them crashing down.

Overwhelmed authorities were trying to cope with a shortage of drinking water, food and electricity, as well as the threat of disease. The United Nations Childrens Fund said nearly one million children in Nepal were severely affected by the quake, and warned of waterborne and infectious diseases.

High in the Himalayas, hundreds of climbers were staying put at Mount Everest base camp, where a huge avalanche after the earthquake killed 17 people in the single worst disaster to hit the world’s highest mountain.

 

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