This Article is From May 04, 2015

Live Updates: Over 7,000 Killed and 17,000 Injured in Nepal Earthquake

Live Updates: Over 7,000 Killed and 17,000 Injured in Nepal Earthquake
New Delhi: At least 7,271 people have been confirmed dead from the 7.9-magnitude April 25 quake while the number of injured has risen to 14,267, with Finance Minister Ram Sharan Mahat saying the death toll is expected to climb "much higher".
May 04, 2015 11:22 (IST)
Celebrations in the aftermath of a tragedy. This family didn't want any pictures taken of the celebrations because of the tragedy Nepal is still coping with. The wedding was a low key affair.



(Photograph by NDTV's Ketki Angre)
May 04, 2015 10:27 (IST)
'This is how we do it!' That's what these two seem to be saying. In the relief camp, children have made new friends and are trying to get used to their tents that are now their homes, at least till they can head back to their own houses that have either been destroyed or are too dangerous.



(Photograph by NDTV's Ketki Angre)
May 04, 2015 10:24 (IST)
In relief camps, people share not just their food with their pets but also their temporary shelters.



(Photograph by NDTV's Ketki Angre)
May 04, 2015 10:22 (IST)
Play and learn: little girls play at a relief camp in Kathmandu that has now become their home. Their homes are too dangerous to live in and they spend their whole day out in the open. Going forward, education is going to be a key concern for Nepal as many schools have either been damaged or are temporary shelters for residents.



(Photograph by NDTV's Ketki Angre)
May 04, 2015 10:17 (IST)
This child friendly space by the UNICEF at the Turi Khel relief camp in Kathmandu keeps children engaged in play, a crucial step to ensure children who are so vulnerable in the post tragedy scenario are cared for and engaged which has an important role in the process of healing as well. Children sing, dance, draw and colour among other activities that keep them occupied at the same time working on getting children out of the trauma.





(Photographs by NDTV's Ketki Angre)
May 04, 2015 10:12 (IST)
Instructions pasted in relief camps in Nepal listing the dos and don'ts to avoid outbreak of diseases.



(Photograph by NDTV's Ketki Angre)
May 04, 2015 10:10 (IST)
A common sight in Nepal. Lines to get access to fuel.



(Photograph by NDTV's Ketki Angre)
May 04, 2015 10:06 (IST)
The supporting pillar on the ground floor gave way within seconds of the quake and the 5-storeyed structure, now tilted rests on the neighbouring building. Mr Roy who owns the shop on the ground floor escaped without any injuries but is worried his life's work has been lost.



(Photograph by NDTV's Ketki Angre)
May 04, 2015 10:03 (IST)
Mountaineers Arjun Vajpai and Ferran Lattore were at the base camp of Mt Makalu when an avalanche struck. Fortunately they escaped unhurt. Seen here they narrate what they experienced. They are grateful to the Nepalese Army for mounting a rescue.



(Photograph by NDTV's Ketki Angre)
May 04, 2015 09:54 (IST)
A special peace prayer was organised at the Boudhanath temple in Kathmandu this morning in memory of those who died in the devastating Nepal Earthquake last month


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May 02, 2015 07:54 (IST)
No possibility of finding more survivors says Nepal government as it increases the death toll of last week's devastating earthquake to over 6,600. (reported by news agency AFP)
May 01, 2015 19:18 (IST)

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May 01, 2015 17:48 (IST)
NDTV's Azam Siddiqui at the rescue site in Gongabu where a woman was rescued alive after five days. It was a joint operation by rescue teams from Israel and Norway that helped pull her out.


May 01, 2015 17:17 (IST)
Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi has visited the Nepal embassy in New Delhi.




During his visit, he signed the condolence register for the victims of the Nepal earthquake, which has left over over 6,200 dead and 14,000 injured.



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May 01, 2015 16:58 (IST)
For This Young Couple, a 200-Foot Fall and Enduring Tale of Love
Ramila Shrestha, 17, told her family she was going to watch a movie with her friends on Saturday. A few minutes later, the 17-year-old met her boyfriend Sanjib and they both decided to go to the historic landmark Dharahara Tower in Kathmandu. They had kept their relationship a secret from their families.
May 01, 2015 16:53 (IST)
NDRF (National Disaster Response Force) personnel gets ready to operate a drone. It has a camera on it that gives the operator on the ground an aerial view of the area.


(Photograph by NDTV's Ketki Angre)
May 01, 2015 16:51 (IST)
A multi-storeyed guest house that is now tilted to one side in Gongabu area of Kathmandu. The bottom three floors have collapsed and the top floors are now at a dangerous inclination, making it risky to even attempt rescue and retrieval of bodies here. An Indian NDRF team is working at this site.


(Photograph by NDTV's Ketki Angre)
May 01, 2015 16:49 (IST)
NDRF (National Disaster Response Force) team uses a drone at a site in Kathmandu. It gives the team on the ground, a good aerial perspective of the area they are about to venture into. Drones are especially handy when ground access is either blocked or cut off.


(Photograph by NDTV's Ketki Angre)
May 01, 2015 16:43 (IST)
Ramila Shrestha and Sanjib Shrestha. Both went to the viewing gallery on the 8th floor of the iconic Dharahara Tower in Kathmandu. The tower collapsed and they fell almost 200ft to the ground. Miraculously they both have survived with injuries. They hadn't told their parents who they were going with but now they both enquire after each other every time the doctor comes visiting. Their families know they were seeing each other and Sanjib, still bashful, told us he sees a future with her. Doctor was heard telling them 'your secret is now open'.


(Photograph by NDTV's Ketki Angre)
May 01, 2015 16:42 (IST)
22-year-old Prayas standing in front of his home. It's unsafe to venture any closer. Adding to his grief, he has lost at least 15 friends in the rubble in front of his house. They were all participating in a blood donation camp and got buried in the rubble in Durbar Square in Basantpur.


(Photograph by NDTV's Ketki Angre)
May 01, 2015 16:40 (IST)
Basantpur Durbar Square is virtually unrecognisable. Known for its heritage structures, this area is in ruins today. Many people are believed to be dead under the collapsed temples here and the massive cracks make other structures as unsafe.


(Photograph by NDTV's Ketki Angre)
May 01, 2015 16:39 (IST)
In the bylanes behind Durbar Square, broken homes and dangerously tilted structures stand shoulder to shoulder. It's not safe to even attempt pulling out belongings from the buildings that look seemingly intact since the way to those goes through such dilapidated homes.


(Photograph by NDTV's Ketki Angre)
May 01, 2015 16:38 (IST)
It Was a School, Now a Shelter for Many

14-year-old Rahul Khatri and his friends now call their school home. The Basundhara Academy classrooms are temporary shelters for residents in this area after repeated aftershocks and cracks on their building walls forced many to flee their homes.

"I have to live in the school since my home has been destroyed and I have nowhere to go," he says. There are more than a hundred people living in this school alone. The widespread damage has meant a majority of schools are now makeshift relief camps, where parents and teachers alike share the load, from cooking to everyday chores. Sandeep Dongana, a Math Teacher says, "My students and I are taking shelter in the same school. It is the same story in most government schools. Homes are so unsafe and even if the buildings are intact people are too scared to stay in those."

At a relief camp in Kathmandu we meet 12-year-old Bibek Adhikari and his cousin Rajan, who is 10 years old. When asked if he likes going to school, Rajan replies, "But it doesn't exist." Bibek jumps in to clarify. "The school walls have collapsed. It's not safe to go there. We don't know when it will be repaired," he says.

For now, children are happy that their playtime doesn't come with any restrictions, but for parents, there is the additional worry of what happens to their education. Sapna, who is taking refuge in a school, too scared to go home says, "It's ok to stay in these schools for now but we have to also think about vacating them soon. It's also about the future of our children and their education."

Nepal is fighting battles on multiple fronts and though education may not be the top priority in the immediate aftermath of earthquake, getting back to school may also help children overcome some of the trauma they have been witness to.

May 01, 2015 16:35 (IST)
A Long Way From Home


(Photograph by NDTV's Ketki Angre)

Basantpur Durbar Square is virtually unrecognisable. Known for its heritage structures, this area is in ruins today.

Till last week, 22-year-old Prayas Ghimire and his family lived in a 2-storeyed house in Kathmandu's heritage Basantpur Durbar Square area.

This morning, their makeshift tarpaulin shelter went missing and they were forced to move to another tent for the day at a relief camp in Turi Khel Ground in Kathmandu.

It's been five days since the earthquake and Prayas is keen to go back home. Police posted in the area have always stopped him from getting too close to his home because of the widespread rubble and for his own safety.

As he walks through the square, he talks of memories of the square. "All the big festivals would be celebrated here, the traditional ceremonies, dances. These temples were so beautiful, so historic. All of us friends would come here often. It was a lovely place just to sit and relax," he says.

15 of his friends are missing, trapped under the rubble right in front of his home. There is little hope that any of them would have survived. A noisy excavator tries to clear the rubble but that could take weeks.

"I was at our shop," he says, recalling the events of last Saturday. "15-17 of my friends had gone for a blood donation camp that was organised in Durbar Square. They must have got no time to save themselves," he says shaking his head.

Prayas walks up to a Nepal Army official and asks him how many bodies they have pulled out from the rubble. His answer is not heartening. "It hurts a lot to see all this. I've lost my friends, I'm living like a homeless and everything I knew and grew up with is gone. How will we be able to rebuild from here?" he asks. It's a question that all of Nepal is asking.

May 01, 2015 16:33 (IST)
A house cut right down the middle on Kanti Road in Kathmandu.


(Photograph by NDTV's Ketki Angre)
May 01, 2015 16:30 (IST)
Rushed in to Bir Hospital's Trauma centre, patients are now being brought in from remote areas where the rescue flights are now beginning to reach.


(Photograph by NDTV's Ketki Angre)
May 01, 2015 16:27 (IST)
10-year-old Sujan Giri was the centre of attention after an Israeli rescue team gave him an unexpected gift: a soap water bubble maker. That took care of the better part of the afternoon at the relief camp where the boys and their families are staying.


(Photograph by NDTV's Ketki Angre)
May 01, 2015 14:23 (IST)
As Death Toll Mounts, 15 Men Perform Last Rites on 500 Bodies

His brow furrowed with concentration, 65-year-old Ashok Dhital is stoking a funeral pyre with a log, going around it in a circle. His thin limbs glistening with sweat are visible from under his dhoti which has turned a dirty brown. He places a packet of ghee on top, then covers it with straw, which throws up a hissing smoke and Dhital moves back.

In the sacred precincts of the Pashupatinath Temple compound, funeral pyres like these have not stopped burning since the devastating quake. Dhital is one of the 15 men working over time at the crematorium to give those who died in the quake, a dignified farewell. He says "Usually we would get 20 bodies in a day but these days over a 100. Since the earthquake we have had 550 bodies"

These days his day begins at 6am and ends whenever the influx of the bodies stops at night. One of the hardest part of the job he says is lifting the bodies onto the pyre as each weighs over 150kgs.

An electric crematorium that could have come in handy in this hour of crisis has been in the making for the last two years at the temple compound but is lying incomplete.

With long exposure to the fire and smoke, most workers suffer from poor eyesight and respiratory problems. Dhital smiles widely flashing his one tooth, "I have been lucky to not suffer from any of these, thanks to the Gods". Pointing his finger in the direction of the revered temple.

May 01, 2015 12:42 (IST)
Rushed in to Bir Hospital's Trauma centre, patients are now being brought in from remote areas where the rescue flights are now beginning to reach.


(Photograph by NDTV's Ketki Angre)
May 01, 2015 12:40 (IST)
Rammaya Tamang waiting in line to get her blood pressure checked. She has been taking BP medicines for over five years. Staying for now at a relief camp in Kathmandu, she finally sits down as the line increases behind her at a mobile medical camp set up in the Turi Khel camp.


(Photograph by NDTV's Ketki Angre)
May 01, 2015 09:17 (IST)
The Red Cross has warned of "total devastation" in remote areas near the epicentre of the quake, as Nepal's government struggles to deal with the scale of the disaster.


May 01, 2015 09:14 (IST)
Officials say that more than 100 people have died in India and China as a result of the massive earthquake in Nepal.
May 01, 2015 09:11 (IST)
The National Emergency Operations Centre (NEOC) has confirmed that the death toll in Nepal has risen to 6,204 as of Friday morning. The number of persons injured in the 7.9-magnitude has risen to 13,932.


May 01, 2015 07:58 (IST)
Two Pulled Alive From Debris Five Days After Nepal Earthquake
Five days had passed since an earthquake devastated Nepal, and rescue teams had largely given up hope of finding anyone else alive among the piles of brick and broken concrete in Kathmandu. Then on Thursday, in a part of the city dense with cheap hotels and shops, rescuers turned off a mechanical shovel and - in the relative silence - heard a cry.
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Heavy rain and bad weather hamper rescue work in Pokhara. Helicopter flights suspended for a while.
Apr 30, 2015 15:30 (IST)
Nepal Earthquake Rescue and Relief Operations: 525 tents & 4950 blankets sent from Kanpur by road will be arriving at Gorkha tonight.


Apr 30, 2015 14:56 (IST)
Rain Hampers Nepal Rescue Teams, Anger Over Slow Pace Operations
Rescue teams toiled in pouring rain today in the debris left by last week's devastating earthquake in Nepal, but officials said the chances of finding any more survivors were bleak as the death toll passed 5,500-mark.
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Apr 30, 2015 14:52 (IST)
Nepal Earthquake Rescue Effort: Indian Army and Air Force helicopters at Pokhara airfield wait for weather to clear up for the sorties.


Apr 30, 2015 14:52 (IST)
Nepal Earthquake Rescue Effort: Landing on uneven ground by IAF's MI 17 V5 at Simpani, near Pokhara.


Apr 30, 2015 14:43 (IST)
Nepal Earthquake Rescue Effort: IAF's MI 17 V5 helicopter reaches Ilampokhari, near Pokhara with relief material.


Apr 30, 2015 14:37 (IST)
Nepal Earthquake Rescue Effort: Hindustan Aeronautics Limited's Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) - Dhruv, being flown by Army Aviation in action at Barpak, Laprak, and Uiya near Gorkha town.





Apr 30, 2015 14:32 (IST)
Nepal Earthquake Rescue Effort: Indian Army Medical Corps and Nepal Army personnel treat injured people on location.





Apr 30, 2015 14:31 (IST)
Nepal Earthquake Rescue Effort: IAF's helicopters deliver relief material at Simpani.


Apr 30, 2015 14:29 (IST)
Nepal Earthquake Rescue Effort: French and Polish Rescue team with Nepalese Army transfer casualties into Indian Air Force helicopters at Melamchi.


Apr 30, 2015 14:26 (IST)
Nepal Earthquake Rescue Effort: Medical camp near the Kathmandu airport.


Apr 30, 2015 14:25 (IST)
Nepal Earthquake Rescue Effort: The French Rescue team on board IAF's MI-17 and on their way to Charikot.


Apr 30, 2015 14:24 (IST)
Nepal Earthquake Rescue Effort: Indian Air Force have inducted 135 personnel and have lifted 58.45 tons of load till Wednesday night.


Apr 30, 2015 14:22 (IST)
Nepal Earthquake Rescue Effort: IAF's helicopters completed a cumulative task of 181 sorties, and have lifted 441 casualties lifted till Wednesday night.


Apr 30, 2015 14:19 (IST)
Nepal Earthquake Rescue Effort: Indian Air Force inducted 57 Nepalese Army troops and 10 French rescue party personnel.


Apr 30, 2015 14:15 (IST)
Nepal Earthquake Rescue Efforts: IAF's helicopters airlift stranded and injured people from a height of more than 10,000 feet.


Apr 30, 2015 14:13 (IST)
Nepal Earthquake Aid Operation: Indian Air Force helicopters took 34.3 tons of relief material on Wednesday.


Apr 30, 2015 14:11 (IST)
Nepal Earthquake Rescue Operation: IAF's Helicopter effort: 77 personnel inducted, 264 people evacuated to safer places on Wednesday.


Apr 30, 2015 14:08 (IST)
Nepal Earthquake Rescue: Indian Air Force Helicopters during evacuation and aid operations.


Apr 30, 2015 13:57 (IST)
Nepal Earthquake Rescue Operations: The C-130J aircraft of the Indian Air Force at the Pokhara airfield in Nepal.


Apr 30, 2015 13:55 (IST)
Nepal Earthquake Rescue Operation: Indian Army Aviation helicopters are reaching out to the people in inaccessible areas.


Apr 30, 2015 13:53 (IST)
Indian Army convoys carrying tents, blankets and tarpaulins en route to Kathmandu from Kanpur.


Apr 30, 2015 13:44 (IST)
Locals in Nepal's Bhaktapur area take it upon themselves to clear the debris & pick up pieces.


Apr 30, 2015 12:02 (IST)
Nepal Earthquake: Indian Army and Air Force helicopters at Pokhara airfield waiting for weather to clear up for the sorties.


Apr 30, 2015 12:01 (IST)
Nepal Earthquake Rescue Operations: Landing on uneven ground by IAF's MI 17 V5 at Simpani, near Pokhara.


Apr 30, 2015 11:36 (IST)

Apr 30, 2015 11:31 (IST)
Nepal Earthquake: Weather has 'packed up' in Kathmandu. This photograph was taken a short while ago.



Apr 30, 2015 10:42 (IST)
Nepal is feeling the pressure on every system even for performing final rites. At the cremation ghats in Kathmandu volunteers have taken up the task of keeping the ghats clean. For the first few days there were cremations taking place here every few minutes. With thousands dead in the earthquake and its aftermath relatives have to wait for hours to cremate their loved ones.


(Photograph by NDTV's Ketki Angre)
Apr 30, 2015 10:41 (IST)
The Krishna temple at the UNESCO world heritage site of Bhaktapur, 12km from Kathmandu, in ruins after the Saturday earthquake.


(Photograph by NDTV's Ketki Angre)
Apr 30, 2015 10:40 (IST)
Basundhara Academy in Nepal is now a shelter for residents. A local resident who stays here for now tells us, though Nepal is in the midst of a massive tragedy it is important to make sure children return to school at the earliest.


(Photograph by NDTV's Ketki Angre)
Apr 30, 2015 09:48 (IST)
Nepal Earthquake: IAF's MI 17 V5 helicopter reaches Ilampokhari, near Pokhara with relief material.


Apr 30, 2015 07:58 (IST)
Heavy rains hamper relief work in quake-hit Kathmandu.
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National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) personnel working at a rescue site at Shobha Bhagwati bridge where over 50 people are feared dead.


(Photo by NDTV's Ashok Mahale)

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Nepal Prime Minister heckled by quake survivors angry that aid is not reaching them



Nepalese Prime Minister Sushil Koirala was heckled today at a Kathmandu relief camp as angry survivors of Saturday's devastating earthquake demanded that relief coming in from foreign countries be made available to them.
Apr 29, 2015 15:48 (IST)

 Schools are shut in Nepal as many have been converted into shelters for residents. Benches are out in the open and classrooms are what many people now call home. These children are keen to get back to school but when that will happen is not certain. For now, they are happy that the slide doesn't come with any limited playtime timetable.

(Photo by NDTV's Ketki Angre)

Apr 29, 2015 14:12 (IST)
Relief material being provided in quake-hit Nepal by Army personnel.
Apr 29, 2015 12:59 (IST)
More buses on the way. 110 buses of  Uttar Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (UPRTC) enroute for Kathmandu for further evacuation. Yesterday, 4,000 Indians returned to India via road, tweeted Vikas Swarup,  External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson
Apr 29, 2015 11:27 (IST)
The Indian government has stepped up its relief measures. Seen here the C 130 J Hercules of the Indian Air Force, among the many aircraft that land at the Tribhuvan International Airport every day.
(Photo by NDTV's Ketki Angre)
Apr 29, 2015 11:17 (IST)
9-month-old Ankita had a miraculous escape thanks to the presence of mind of her father. She was sleeping on the second floor inside their home in Sankhu village, 17km from Kathmandu when the earth shook violently last Saturday. Her father swaddled her, put her in a blanket, tied it to an overhead TV cable, and swung down the wire with her. That crucial decision makes her a lucky survivor today.
(Photo by NDTV's Ketki Angre)
Apr 29, 2015 10:50 (IST)
There are many children in relief camps. They keep themselves busy with a game of football. The ball maybe more or less deflated but it keeps their spirits up. (Photo by NDTV's Ketki Angre)
Apr 29, 2015 10:48 (IST)
This rescue team from Korea arrived in Kathmandu yesterday. The 'smoke' is from their ready to eat meal boxes. They waited a few minutes for the smoke to subside and took their food packets indoors to eat.

(Photo by NDTV's Ketki Angre)
Apr 29, 2015 10:41 (IST)
Two tents, a motorcycle, utensils and cooking gas would be a luxury for many in this relief camp in Nepal. But imagine life being reduced to just these few essentials and a 4x4 ft space.

(Photo by NDTV's Ketki Angre)
Apr 29, 2015 10:37 (IST)
This is an essential morning routine for all those in relief camps in Kathmandu. The Nepalese army tanker comes every morning and people queue up to fill water - mostly just one jerry can or 2 pet bottles that will have to last through the day for everything from cooking, drinking, cleaning.
(Photo by NDTV's Ketki Angre)
Apr 29, 2015 07:48 (IST)