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Nepal earthquake toll rises to 3,600; rescue ops on

27 Apr 2015 | 3:18 PM

KATHMANDU: Rescue workers today intensified efforts to locate survivors trapped under tonnes of rubble of flattened homes and buildings in earthquake-hit Nepal amid concerns that death toll could rise from more than 3,600 ,with rescue teams reaching remote mountainous areas.

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Kathmandu, April 27

Rescue workers today intensified efforts to locate survivors trapped under tonnes of rubble of flattened homes and buildings in earthquake-hit Nepal amid concerns that death toll could rise from more than 3,600 ,with rescue teams reaching remote mountainous areas.

Racing against time, multi-national rescue teams with sniffer dogs and advanced equipment are desperately trying to locate survivors as hundreds of people are still missing.

More than 700 disaster relief experts drawn from the National Disaster Relief Force have been deployed by India.

In a statement, the Nepalese police today said the death toll had risen to 3,617 people. That does not include the 22 persons killed in the avalanche on Mount Everest.

Nepalese Home Ministry’s national disaster management division said more than 6,830 people were injured.

1,053 people are reported killed in the Kathmandu Valley alone and 875 in Sindhupalchowk, it said.

Officials and aid agencies have warned that the casualties could rise as rescue teams reach remote mountainous areas of western Nepal.

“Villages are routinely affected by landslides, and it’s not uncommon for entire villages of 200, 300, up to 1,000 people to be completely buried by rock falls,” aid agency World Vision spokesman Matt Darvas said.

The blocked roads, downed power lines and overcrowded hospitals along with fresh tremors are hampering rescue efforts to locate survivors of the Saturday’s 7.8-magnitude quake that had its impact in several cities in Bihar, West Bengal and UP northeast India.

It was also felt in Southern and Western parts of India, China, Bhutan and as far as Pakistan and Bangladesh.

Officials said five Indians, including the daughter of an Indian embassy employee, were among those killed in the quake.

Tens of thousands of people were forced to spend the two consecutive nights sleeping in open in makeshift plastic tents barely shielding them from the pouring rain.

Fresh powerful aftershocks yesterday triggered panic among the stricken people and caused avalanches on Mount Everest which had taken a toll of 22 lives.

Mass cremations are being held here continuously. As the death toll rises, the authorities are working on disposing of the bodies as quickly as possible to prevent a health hazard.

Nepal has declared a state of emergency in the wake of the disaster, the worst in over 80 years.

India has mounted a major rescue and rehabilitation effort, deploying 13 military aircraft which carried field hospitals, medicines, blankets, 50 tonnes of water and other materials.

A senior-level inter-ministerial team from India will visit Nepal to assess how India can better assist in the relief operations.

Aid flights are coming in continuously due to which Kathmandu airport is running out of parking bays. Many planes are having to wait before getting permission to land.

UN agencies say Nepal is running out of water and food and nearly one million children urgently need humanitarian assistance as they were particularly vulnerable. — PTI

Nepal earthquake toll rises to 3,600; rescue ops onNepalese Army personnel carrying out rescue operations in Bhaktapur, Nepal, on Monday. Reuters
Toll in India reaches 72; over 300 injured

Toll in India reaches 72; over 300 injured

27 Apr 2015 | 3:19 PM

NEW DELHI: Two days after a severe 7.9-magnitude earthquake hit Nepal and parts of India, the death toll in India has risen to 72, with over 300 people seriously wounded.

1,935 Indians evacuated from Nepal

1,935 Indians evacuated from Nepal

27 Apr 2015 | 3:46 PM

NEW DELHI/Patna: The Indian Air Force has fetched 1,935 Indian back from Kathmandu to New Delhi since late Saturday even as its personnel continued with "Operation Maitri" in quake-hit Nepal overnight despite inclement weather, Sitanshu Kar, spokesperson for defence ministry, said on Monday.

A million children 'severely affected' in Nepal: UNICEF

A million children 'severely affected' in Nepal: UNICEF

27 Apr 2015 | 3:58 PM

MUMBAI: Nearly a million children have been "severely affected" by a severe earthquake in Nepal that has killed more than 3,200 people, a spokesman for the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) said, as rescue and aid workers struggle to cope.

Rescue teams airlift climbers stranded at Mount Everest

Rescue teams airlift climbers stranded at Mount Everest

27 Apr 2015 | 3:46 PM

KATHMANDU: Mountain rescue teams, helped by clear weather, used helicopters to airlift climbers stranded for two days at high altitude on Mount Everest after a powerful earthquake triggered an avalanche that killed at least 17 people.

India scales up relief work, inter-ministerial team leaves for Nepal

India scales up relief work, inter-ministerial team leaves for Nepal

27 Apr 2015 | 10:53 AM

NEW DELHI: An inter-ministerial team comprising senior officials from ministries of Home, Defence, External Affairs and NDMA on Monday left for Nepal to coordinate rescue and relief operations in the quake-hit country.

Mounting worry: Heavy rain predicted

27 Apr 2015 | 3:18 PM

NEW DELHI: Relief and rescue operations in the quake-ravaged Himalayan nation could be severely hampered.

Nepal hospitals overflowing, rural towns cut off: Aid groupsNepal shaken

Nepal hospitals overflowing, rural towns cut off: Aid groups

27 Apr 2015 | 2:32 AM

HONG KONG: Aid groups and governments worldwide intensified efforts today to help earthquake-hit Nepal, but blocked roads, downed power lines and overcrowded hospitals posed formidable challenges in an already poor country.

CJI refuses to be part of panel to select NJAC members, SC told

CJI refuses to be part of panel to select NJAC members, SC told

27 Apr 2015 | 3:40 PM

NEW DELHI: In a new twist, Chief Justice of India H L Dattu has refused to participate in a three-member panel for selecting two eminent persons in the six-member National Judicial Appointments Commission (NJAC) on whose validity a constitution bench began hearings today.

Centre’s decisions creating alienation in Punjab: Badal

Centre’s decisions creating alienation in Punjab: Badal

27 Apr 2015 | 2:35 AM

CHANDIGARH: Owing to the perceived failure of the Central Government to address issues mainly related to the ‘panth’ and farmers, a sense of alienation was developing in Punjab.

Thakur hits back at Srinivasan on bookie links allegation

Thakur hits back at Srinivasan on bookie links allegation

27 Apr 2015 | 5:57 PM

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TN govt has no authority to appoint SPP: SC

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27 Apr 2015 | 12:05 PM

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court today held that Tamil Nadu government has no right to appoint advocate Bhawani Singh as special public prosecutor (SPP) to appear in Karnataka High Court for J. Jayalalithaa's disproportionate assets case.

CITY FOCUS

Senate approves fee hike

27 Apr 2015 | 2:04 AM

CHANDIGARH: As many as 15,000 students enrolled with Panjab University and its 192-affiliated colleges will have to shell out more for their respective courses from the next session 2015-16.

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‘Rail roko’ stir by BKU farmers today

27 Apr 2015 | 1:07 AM

BATHINDA: Rail commuters need to rework their travel plans in the wake of a two-day “rail roko” agitation, announced by the Bharti Kisan Union-Ekta (Ugrahan) and the Kisan Sangarsh Committee in support of their demands, beginning tomorrow.

Transporters ‘exploit’ farmers, charge more for lifting wheat

27 Apr 2015 | 1:07 AM

FARIDKOT: Farmers and commission agents in the district are forced to pay “post-sale bribe” to quicken the movement of wheat at the rate of Rs 2 per bag (50 kg each) to the transport contractors.

Punjabi faces 300-yr jail in US for fraud

27 Apr 2015 | 1:07 AM

A young Punjabi is facing more than 300 years in an American jail for “financial crimes”.

Another farmer commits suicide in Haryana

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27 Apr 2015 | 1:57 PM

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Illegal structures threaten quake-prone Kangra

Illegal structures threaten quake-prone Kangra

27 Apr 2015 | 2:06 AM

DHARAMSALA: Earthquake of 7.5 magnitude that struck Nepal yesterday is another warning for residents of the Kangra valley as illegal constructions have been going on in quake-prone areas of Dharamsala including Naddi and Mcleodganj.

Heavy rainstorm kills 45 in Pak's Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa

Heavy rainstorm kills 45 in Pak's Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa

27 Apr 2015 | 3:25 PM

PESHAWAR: At least 45 persons were killed and 200 others injured as a heavy rainstorm with strong winds tore through Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province in northwest Pakistan, uprooting trees and collapsing buildings.

Sensex dives 261 points on muted earnings, tax worries

27 Apr 2015 | 5:56 PM

MUMBAI: The benchmark BSE Sensex plunged 261 points to a fresh three-and-a-half months low of 27,176.99 on sustained capital outflows and disappointing March quarter earnings so far, its third straight fall over the past few days

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Daredevils whipped at home

27 Apr 2015 | 2:25 AM

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