Death toll surges past 6,000 in Nepal, could exceed 15000

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Kathmandu: The death toll in Nepal from devastating earthquake has risen to 6,204, the National Emergency Operations Centre said in its latest update on Friday. A further 13,932 people were injured in the 7.8-magnitude quake, added the centre.

Meanwhile, Nepal Army Chief General Gaurav Rana, who is leading the nationwide rescue effort, told NBC News, “Our estimates are not looking good. We are thinking that 10,000 to 15,000 may be killed.”

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Rana acknowledged that the massive temblor left officials struggling to cope with the aftermath — including the risk of disease and growing public anger at the pace of the rescue effort.

“There is unrest, and we are watching it. Yes, there is the threat of an epidemic, and we are watching it,” he said.

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