— Death toll in Nepal has reached over 2200. In India, it is around 60. In countries other than Nepal, the figure is around 80.
— Nepal had another aftershock today – of 6.7 according to the USGS – the tremors of which were felt in Nepal, many parts of India and Pakistan. It was a strong aftershock with epicentre 17 Kms South of Kodari and just 10 Kms deep. A tremor of magnitude 5 was also felt after it.
— Yesterday and today, Nepal has continued to feel the aftershocks. The whole of the Kathmandu valley is badly devastated. Social media is inundated with ‘before and after’ photographs. Many heritage buildings are lost, completely decimated to the ground. The quake has brought down entire localities and villages.
— India was the first country that sent its crew for rescue and relief work. C-130J and C-17 choppers reached with relief material, experts, officials and National Disaster Response Force personnel yesterday. Mi-17 helicopters were thrust into the operation as well.
— Indian Prime Minister is holding an emergency meeting at 3:30 PM after the strong aftershock today.
— The death toll in Mount Everest area, on and around its base camp, is around 20 and is expected to go with quake-induced avalanches.
— Nepal is epicentre of destruction. Maximum reports are available from Kathmandu and Kathmandu valley while, with the passing time, reports from other of quake-affected districts of Nepal will also be made available. Right now, the power and water lines are down and not working for most of the affected areas. Communication lines including the internet are also badly hit.
— The death-toll is expected to be in tens of thousands. The US Geological Survey has designated the danger level associated with Saturday’s earthquake as red meaning it is expecting ‘high casualties and extensive damage and the disaster is likely widespread.
— Nepal’s population is around 28 million and a major part of it is badly affected. According to the United Nations, in all, some 6.6 million people in Nepal are badly affected by Saturday’s earthquake and need national and international response. People are staying outdoors. Houses remain empty with mass-scale damage to houses and buildings and continued aftershocks.
— Nepal is an impoverished country. Tourism is one of the major factors pushing up the economy. Earth’s highest point, Mount Everest, is in Nepal and this, along with the Himalayan range, is hot trekking spot for tourists across the globe, earning the much required tourism money.
— Due to the quake, around 300,000 foreign tourists are trapped in Nepal.
— India, while helping the country with rescue and relief work and working on the reconnaissance missions, is also evacuating its people stranded there.
— Given the massive nature of earthquake and the destruction in its aftermath, help from various countries is reaching in Nepal, especially from its neighbours, India, China and Pakistan. They are trying to help the landlocked nation as well as evacuating their people trapped there. They are there with food items, equipments to rescue the survivors and to find the dead bodies from under the rubble, medical teams to help people, officials to engage in rescue and relief work, experts in these circumstances, reconnaissance missions for Kathmandu valley and other quake affected areas of Nepal and so far.
— From India, for 72 hours, all calls to Nepal on the BSNL network will be local calls while the same will be free for 48 hours on Airtel network.
— Air India, IndiGo and SpiceJet have announced to carry free cargo to Nepal in the aftermath.
— A strong earthquake yesterday, around Noon, had hit Nepal badly, sending strong tremors in the neighbouring countries of India, China, Pakistan, Bhutan and Bangladesh. While North and Eastern India were strongly hit with Bihar facing the maximum damage in India, in Nepal, it caused massive destruction the scale of which was to realize in coming hours.
UPADTES SO FAR: NEPAL EARTHQUAKE – TREMORS IN INDIA AND OTHER COUNTRIES
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