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Nepal earthquake 5 years, 1 month ago #1115

Aftershocks hinder rescue efforts in the Himalayan nation as death toll passes 3,800 after a devastating 7.8 magnitude quake near Kathmandu. Helicopters reach stranded climbers on Everest. The death toll has risen yet further to 3,815, according to the Nepalese news site Kantipur, citing government figures.

www.theguardian.com/world/live/2015/apr/...elter-rolling-report
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Re: Nepal earthquake 5 years, 1 month ago #1116

State media in China says more than 400 climbers from more than 20 separate countries were on the north side of Everest when the earthquake struck. All have since descended to safety.
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Re: Nepal earthquake 5 years, 1 month ago #1117

Five foreign nationals were among those killed on Everest. Australia named one of the victims as Renu Fotedar Melbourne mother of two.The US State Department said three US citizens were killed including a Google engineer, a medic and a filmmaker. Japan’s foreign minister said a Japanese man was also among the dead. About eighteen were killed in the avalanche at Everest Base Camp.

Helicopters have started to rescue up to 150 mountaineers stranded on Everest above an ice fall caused by the earthquake. An additional 61 were injured in the avalanche and an unknown number are still missing.

www.theguardian.com/world/live/2015/apr/...elter-rolling-report
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Re: Nepal earthquake 5 years, 1 month ago #1118

A hundred climbers are still thought to be stranded at camp one on Mount Everest, as rescuers bringing them down to base camp are hampered by a lack of helicopters.

Jelle Veyt, a Belgian climber who cycled from his home town to Everest, said that from where he was - at base camp - he had been told 100 people remained at the camp above him, at a height of 19,685 feet.

"It's three or four helicopters, just taking two or three people," said Mr Veyt. "So it's a long way to go."

It is currently thought that 18 people have died in the disaster, including three Americans. Up to 150 stranded and 61 are injured.

He told BBC Radio Four's Today programme that there were initially 150 people at camp one, but they were being gradually brought down to where he was.

www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/...alayan-disaster.html
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Re: Nepal earthquake 5 years, 1 month ago #1119

AP has some good news. It reports comments from a local seismologist that major aftershocks are now unlikely to occur as the 72-hour mark since Saturday's devastating earthquake approaches. Lok Bijaya Adhikari, chief of Nepal's National Seismological Center, says the number and strength of aftershocks have been receding. There have been more than 100 aftershocks since Saturday's magnitude 7.8 quake. The largest of these was magnitude 6.7 on Sunday.

While the earthquake shifted the earth beneath Kathmandu by as much as three metres to the south, geologists said the height of Mount Everest probably stayed the same. This is how Sandy Steacy, head of the physical sciences department at the University of Adelaide, put it:
"The main slip was west of Everest, the mountain was not directly above the fault plane. In addition, the dip of the fault is very shallow so three metres in a horizontal direction doesn't mean much vertically."

AFP has the very latest death toll. It reports that the number of dead has now reached 4,310, according to the home ministry. And a further 7,953 were injured in Saturday's devastating earthquake.

www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/...earthquake-live.html
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Re: Nepal earthquake 5 years, 1 month ago #1120

India, the traditional power in the region, launched Operation Friendship soon after the quake Saturday. It has sent the most help so far, deploying 13 aircraft and more than 500 rescuers as well as water, food, equipment and medical supplies.

China, increasingly making inroads in Nepal through everything from infrastructure investment to increased tourism, also pledged all-out assistance within hours of the disaster. It has sent 62 rescuers plus blankets, tents and generators and announced plans to send four planes and an additional 170 soldiers.

India's rival, Pakistan, also has sent four cargo planes full of supplies, including concrete cutters and sniffer dogs.

www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/...earthquake-live.html
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Re: Nepal earthquake 5 years, 1 month ago #1121

Rescue service on; many climbers still missing on Everest.

The Outdoor Journal received a response from expedition leaders Samir Patham and Sauraj Jhingan on Everest expedition via south side this season. They got in touch from Everest Base Camp Monday evening. To read their complete interview, check the link below-

www.outdoorjournal.in/news-2/quake-updat...-missing-on-everest/
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Re: Nepal earthquake 5 years ago #1122

Over the years Ive come to know quite a few Sherpas, mountain guides and entrepreneurs (associated with mountain sports) who shuttle between India and Nepal. They have all confirmed that they are well. A friend from Delhi was climbing Everest. He was at the advanced camp during the first quake. Another friend from Bangalore was trekking in the Langtang National Park area. They are both back to the safety of their homes thanks to the Indian Air Force.

Those guys deserve a word of appreciation for their selfless service to the nation and even to civilians in another country. Its amazing how much they do and get so little credit.
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