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How to HELP. Aftershocks hit Nepal as earthquake death toll passes over 6,000

How to HELP. Aftershocks hit Nepal as earthquake death toll passes 6,000

‘You can’t imagine the fear’: terrifying tremors follow country’s worst earthquake in 80 years; 11 Hongkongers safe, nine are unaccounted for

Agencies in Kathmandu, Nepal and Emily Tsang

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People cremate the bodies of victims of the earthquake in Bhaktapur, Nepal yesterday. Rescuers dug with their bare hands and bodies piled up in Nepal after the earthquake devastated the heavily crowded Kathmandu valley, killing at least 2,200. – Reuters pic, April 27, 2015.

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Nepalese rescue personnel rescue a trapped earthquake survivor as his friend lies dead next to him following the earthquake which hit Kathmandu on Saturday. Powerful aftershocks rocked Nepal yesterday, panicking survivors of the quake that killed more than 2,200. – AFP pic, April 27, 2015.

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Rescue workers and onlookers at the collapsed Darahara Tower, a key tourist attraction in the heart of Kathmandu’s old quarter. Photo: AFP

A man cries amid the rubble in Bhaktapur yesterday. Photo: Reuters

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A monk inspects the damage at Nepalese heritage site Syambhunaath Stupa, also known as monkey temple, after a powerful earthquake struck Nepal. Photo: EPA

A powerful aftershock shook Nepal yesterday, making buildings sway and sending panicked Kathmandu residents running into the streets a day after a massive earthquake killed at least 2,300 people.

Rescue efforts intensified despite debris and communication blackouts. Helicopters were used to lift injured trekkers stranded on Mount Everest to hospitals for treatment. Those rescued included at least three Hongkongers, among them teacher Ada Tsang Yin-hung, who had been trekking on the mountain when the earthquake hit.

A total of 20 Hong Kong residents, including the trekkers, are known to have been in the vicinity of the quake-hit areas; the Immigration Department had confirmed the safety of 11 as of 5pm yesterday, with the other nine remaining unaccounted for.

Nepal quake kills more than 1,800 and avalanches on Everest

More than 2,300 people were killed by the 7.8 magnitude quake which hit Nepal on Sunday. Photo: EPA

Saturday’s 7.8-magnitude earthquake spread horror from Kathmandu to small villages and to the slopes of Mount Everest, and triggered an avalanche that buried part of the base camp packed with foreign climbers preparing to make their summit attempts. At least 18 climbers are known to have died, the worst climbing disaster on Mount Everest. At least 61 were injured.

There were terrified screams as the aftershock hit the capital city. At magnitude 6.7, it was strong enough to feel like another earthquake, and came as planeloads of supplies, doctors and relief workers from neighbouring countries began arriving in the poor Himalayan nation.

“The aftershocks keep coming … so people don’t know what to expect,” said Sanjay Karki, Nepal country head for global aid agency Mercy Corps. “All the open spaces in Kathmandu are packed with people who are camping outdoors. When the aftershocks come you cannot imagine the fear. You can hear women and children crying.”

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People burn the bodies of earthquake victims at a mass cremation in Kathmandu on April 26, 2015. Photo: AFP

The earthquake centred outside Kathmandu, the capital, was the worst to hit Nepal in more than 80 years. It destroyed large strips of the oldest parts of Kathmandu, and was strong enough to be felt in India, Bangladesh, Tibet and Pakistan.

By the evening, the death toll had grown to more than 2,300 people, including four Chinese. With search and rescue efforts far from over, it was unclear how much the death toll would rise.

The aid group World Vision said remote mountain communities were totally unprepared.

Some villages near the epicentre were “perched on the sides of large mountain faces and made from simple stone and rock construction. Many of these villages are only accessible by 4WD and then foot, with some villages hours and even entire days’ walks away from main roads at the best of times”, said the group’s local staff member, Matt Darvas.

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A man cries amid the rubble in Bhaktapur on Sunday. Photo: Reuters

Nepal’s worst recorded earthquake, in 1934, measured 8.2 and all but destroyed Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Patan.

Yesterday, most areas were without power and water. The United Nations said hospitals in the Kathmandu Valley were overcrowded, and running out of supplies and space for corpses.

Most shops in Kathmandu were shut – only fruit vendors and pharmacies were open.

With Kathmandu airport reopened, the first aid flights began delivering supplies. China was among the first to respond, along with India and Pakistan.

A 62-strong China International Search and Rescue Team arrived in Kathmandu, while Indian air force planes landed with 43 tonnes of relief material, including tents and food, and nearly 200 rescuers.

Among the buildings destroyed in Kathmandu was the nine-storey Dharahara Tower, a landmark built by Nepal’s royal rulers as a watchtower in the 1800s and a Unesco-recognised historical monument.

It was reduced to rubble, and there were reports of people trapped underneath.

A powerful aftershock shook Nepal yesterday, making buildings sway and sending panicked Kathmandu residents running into the streets a day after a massive earthquake killed at least 2,300 people.

Rescue efforts intensified despite debris and communication blackouts. Helicopters were used to lift injured trekkers stranded on Mount Everest to hospitals for treatment. Those rescued included at least three Hongkongers, among them teacher Ada Tsang Yin-hung, who had been trekking on the mountain when the earthquake hit.

A total of 20 Hong Kong residents, including the trekkers, are known to have been in the vicinity of the quake-hit areas; the Immigration Department had confirmed the safety of 11 as of 5pm yesterday, with the other nine remaining unaccounted for.

Saturday’s 7.8-magnitude earthquake spread horror from Kathmandu to small villages and to the slopes of Mount Everest, and triggered an avalanche that buried part of the base camp packed with foreign climbers preparing to make their summit attempts. At least 18 climbers are known to have died, the worst climbing disaster on Mount Everest. At least 61 were injured.

There were terrified screams as the aftershock hit the capital city. At magnitude 6.7, it was strong enough to feel like another earthquake, and came as planeloads of supplies, doctors and relief workers from neighbouring countries began arriving in the poor Himalayan nation.

“The aftershocks keep coming … so people don’t know what to expect,” said Sanjay Karki, Nepal country head for global aid agency Mercy Corps. “All the open spaces in Kathmandu are packed with people who are camping outdoors. When the aftershocks come you cannot imagine the fear. You can hear women and children crying.”

The earthquake centred outside Kathmandu, the capital, was the worst to hit Nepal in more than 80 years. It destroyed large strips of the oldest parts of Kathmandu, and was strong enough to be felt in India, Bangladesh, Tibet and Pakistan.

By the evening, the death toll had grown to more than 2,300 people, including four Chinese. With search and rescue efforts far from over, it was unclear how much the death toll would rise.

The aid group World Vision said remote mountain communities were totally unprepared.

Some villages near the epicentre were “perched on the sides of large mountain faces and made from simple stone and rock construction. Many of these villages are only accessible by 4WD and then foot, with some villages hours and even entire days’ walks away from main roads at the best of times”, said the group’s local staff member, Matt Darvas.

Nepal’s worst recorded earthquake, in 1934, measured 8.2 and all but destroyed Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Patan.

Yesterday, most areas were without power and water. The United Nations said hospitals in the Kathmandu Valley were overcrowded, and running out of supplies and space for corpses.

Most shops in Kathmandu were shut – only fruit vendors and pharmacies were open.

With Kathmandu airport reopened, the first aid flights began delivering supplies. China was among the first to respond, along with India and Pakistan.

A 62-strong China International Search and Rescue Team arrived in Kathmandu, while Indian air force planes landed with 43 tonnes of relief material, including tents and food, and nearly 200 rescuers.

Among the buildings destroyed in Kathmandu was the nine-storey Dharahara Tower, a landmark built by Nepal’s royal rulers as a watchtower in the 1800s and a Unesco-recognised historical monument.

It was reduced to rubble, and there were reports of people trapped underneath.

Associated Press, Agence France-Presse

How to help

Hong Kong Red Cross “Nepal Earthquake 2015” operation
HSBC : 500-334149-010/ Hang Seng bank account: 267-175123-009/ Bank of China bank account: 012-806-00034033

Oxfam’s Nepal Earthquake Emergency Response
HSBC: 001-6-331860/ Bank of China: 012-874-0-010515-7/ Hang Seng Bank: 284-401080-003

Unicef “Donation for Nepal Earthquake”
HSBC: 567-354014-005/ Bank of China: 012-875-0-021868-3/ Wing Lung Bank: 020-601-003-7634-8/ Bank of East Asia: 015-260-81-012100

World Vision “Nepal Earthquake Relief”
HSBC: 018-377077-003/ Hang Seng Bank: 286-364385-005/ Bank of China: 012-883-0-002136-6

This article appeared in the South China Morning Post print edition as Aftershocks hit Nepal as death toll passes 2,300

PUBLISHED : Monday, 27 April, 2015, 4:13am

UPDATED : Monday, 27 April, 2015, 8:28am

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