In the wake of reports that Nepalis are frustrated with inefficiency of the government, Nepal’s Prime Minister Sushil Koirala admits that the rescue and relief operations have not been effective. He further urges the political parties to work together in this national crisis.
India’s Minister of State for External Affairs Gen (retd) VK Singh, who oversaw evacuation in Yemen successfully, tells a news agency that the Indian government is doing a lot. Being citizens of this country, we also have a responsibility to help people of Nepal, adds Singh.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on microblogging website Twitter, says Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan is coordinating relief work from Raxaul (Bihar) to help affected people.
A further 7,953 people are now known to have been injured in the quake, said Home Ministry spokesman Laxmi Prasad Dhakal.
The death toll from the massive earthquake that hit Nepal on Saturday has risen to 4,310, the Home Ministry confirmed on Tuesday. The quake triggered a huge avalanche on Mount Everest that killed at least 17 climbers, including foreigners, the worst single disaster on the world`s highest peak.
Hospitals are full to overflowing, while water, food and power are scarce, raising fears of waterborne diseases.
For a third night, many people across the country slept in the open, their homes either flattened or threatened by tremors that spread more fear among a traumatised population.
International aid has finally begun to arrive in the Himalayan nation of 28 million people.
A series of aftershocks, severe damage from the 7.9 magnitude quake, creaking infrastructure and a lack of funds have slowed the disbursement of aid to those most in need.