Quake death toll surges to 3,700 in Nepal


Kathmandu: Death toll surges past to three thousand two hundred people in Nepal with over 6,800 injured as devastating quake jolted Nepal consecutively on Saturday and Sunday.

There have been 50 aftershocks after the powerful 7.9 quake struck Nepal. Heavy rainfall has been reportedly hindering relief works and triggers fear of landslide.

The phone networks remains at a tattered state in Nepal and there is panic among the people. An inter-ministerial team headed by Additional Secretary in MHA B K Prasad has left for Nepal to coordinate rescue and relief operations on Monday. 1935 Indians evacuated from Nepal via IAF aircrafts, tweets MEA spokesperson Vikas Swarup, says more flights are expected today.

Fresh tremors and rain has hampered rescue efforts in the country. “Night operations were affected due to rain but they have been resumed since morning,” Director General NDRF OP Singh.

National carrier Air India has reduced the one way fare to Kathmandu from Delhi, Kolkata and Varanasi from Rs 14,000 to Rs 4,700 inclusive of all taxes, a company release said on Sunday tonight.

This has been done for the benefit of the Indians who have been stranded in Nepal following earthquakes since Saturday. Besides, Air India announced waiver of cancellation and refund charges for travel between Delhi/Kolkata and Kathmandu up to May 2, the company said in its website.
The Indian Air Force flew 12 sorties to bring back Indian nationals including many children.

“Despite bad weather in Nepal, IAF continued its operation last night. As of now, IAF has evacuated 2500 passengers from Kathmandu through 12 aircraft sorties,” Spokesperson, Ministry of Defence, Sitanshu Kar said.