-- Those dying in April 24 earthquake
and aftershocks and tremors that have followed have crossed 5200 mark. It is
expected to be around 5500 so far. Around 11000 are injured. Millions are left
homeless and displaced.
-- There are stories of survival
and there are stories of despair. Hope they show it, but they don't possess it.
Their homes are gone. Their loved ones are gone. Some of them have survived the
earthquake trapped in the rubble for four days, rubble that happened to be
their houses once.
-- Though there are miraculous
stories of survival, like a man in Kathmandu who was pulled out of rubble after
82 hours, or like a four-month old baby in Bhaktapur who was rescued after 22
hours, but overall, affected regions of Nepal have turned into ghost towns.
-- India is basing its operations
in Kathmandu and Gorkha districts - the two most affected parts - in terms of
human lives and destruction. The 7.8 quake's epicentre was in Gorkha district,
between Kathmandu and Pokhara, near Lamjung district.
-- People are complaining that
they have not received the relief material. They are complaining about the slow
pace of delivery. They are behaving frustrated and irritated. They are running
out of patience. They are protesting and some of them even blocked the traffic
in Kathmandu to press for their demands. They are demanding water and food.
-- People continue to stay
outdoors in affected areas including Kathmandu. Aftershocks have continued. No
major tremors in last two days. No major tremor today so far.
-- The by-product practices in
such circumstance like people selling their assets and properties for relief
materials including food, water, medicines and possibly shelter, people looking
to buy such things, goons indulged in loot and burglary and rumour-mongering
are also having a run in the affected regions of Nepal these days.
-- Today, banks in Kathmandu
worked for few hours. ATM kiosks received the much needed money infusion.
People running short of everything can breathe easy on this front - yes, only
if they are carrying their cards. And yes, this is limited to Kathmandu only.
-- Everest climbing season of
Spring has virtually come to an end. China has closed the northern way from its
side, from Tibet. No one knows when would it be reopened. The route from the
southern side, the popular one, one in Nepal, is completely devastated in the
quake. Bodies of around 20 climbers has been recovered so far. Scores are still
missing. Scores are left injured.
NEPAL EARTHQUAKE: UPDATES SO FAR
– ON APRIL 28