Fresh tremors felt in Nepal as death toll crosses 4,000 mark

The Nepal earthquake death toll has crossed 3700. In this live blog, we track developments of the day in the Nepal earthquake.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: April 27, 2015 10:30 pm
nepal, nepal earthquake, earthquake A man injured in earthquake, is laid on a stretcher after being evacuated in an Indian Air Force helicopter at the airport in Kathmandu. (Source PTI photo)

Panic gripped people as fresh tremors were felt in the earthquake-ravaged Nepal today although its intensity was not known immediately.

As soon as the tremors were felt, people rushed out of their buildings to open grounds. A majority of people, who were already sleeping in open areas, also panicked.

Crisis is looming over quake-hit Nepal following shortage of food, water, electricity and medicines as fear drove tens of thousands of people out into the open and the death toll soared to 4,000 amidst fears that it could touch 5,000.

The death toll in Nepal from the earthquake has risen to around 4,000, officials said.

1,053 people are reported killed in the Kathmandu Valley alone and 875 in Sindhupalchowk.

A fresh tremblor measuring 5.1 on the Richter Scale was also felt in Jalpaiguri, Darjeeling and some other districts across West Bengal this evening. The fresh earthquake struck at 6.06 pm and its epicentre was located at latitude 26.7 degree north, longitude 88.1 degree east on the Nepal-India border area, according to Gopinath Saha, the head of the Meteorological Department of Sikkim.

The fresh tremor also hit North Dinajpur, South Dinajpur and Murshidabad districts.

Live Updates

10:00 pm Fresh tremors felt ion Nepal. People rush out of home

9:19 pm The NDRF said conducting salvage operations in the earthquake-hit Himalayan country is becoming a “time consuming” affair as the collapse pattern of the buildings here is much different and unique from what the force has experienced earlier.

8:25 pm Officials say death toll from massive Nepal earthquake has surpassed 4,000.

7:41 pm National disaster helpline number 1078 made operational. People can dial using STD code 011.

7:00 pm The death toll went up to 57 in Bihar while the number of injured increased to 200.

6:50 pm Fresh tremors in north Bengal and Bihar

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6:44 pm Indian team trying to restore power in Nepal: Foreign Secy

6:44 pm Lot of pressure on Kathmandu airport: Foreign Secy

6:43 pm 100 buses being sent to Nepal for rescue work: Foreign Secy

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6:40 pm Hope to bring 1600 people by the end of the day: Foreign Secy

6:40 pm Foreign Secretary, Cabinet Secretary brief media about rescue operation in Nepal

6:20 pm UN preparing ‘massive’ aid operation in quake-hit Nepal. The UN food agency said it was preparing a large-scale aid operation to earthquake-ravaged Nepal, with a first plane set to arrive tomorrow.

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5:39 pm Air India’s Delhi-Khajuraho flight was today cancelled and diverted to Kathmandu route to evacuate stranded people in quake-ravaged Nepal.

5:39 pm The death toll in India from monster earthquake shot up to 72.

4.31 pm: Nepal earthquake death toll has crossed 3700 and according to Associated Press, this still does not included the villages where help is still awaited. More than 6,300 people were injured in the quake with tens of thousands of people had been left homeless.

2. 54 pm: Meanwhile, ABC news has confirmed that Renu Fotedar, an Australian mother of two, was killed in the avalanche triggered on Mount Everest. Fotedar, the channel said, was born in Kashmir.

A friend of Fotedar told ABC news, “She died doing something she passionately wanted to do.”

2.39 pm: At least 3,617 people have been killed in the Nepal earthquake, Associated Press reports. It quotes the police.

2.24 pm: Rescue teams have airlifted climbers out of Mount Everest. Romanian climber Alex Gavan said on Twitter that three helicopters had reached camps 1 and 2, which are at altitudes of more than 6,000 metres (20,000 feet). Each helicopter is only capable of carrying two climbers due to the thin air, Gavan said from base camp.

2.22 pm Nepalis are fleeing the capital. According to Reuters, two days of powerful aftershocks and fearing shortages of food and water, is what is causing many to flee. The report said that roads leading out of Kathmandu were jammed with people.

1.38 pm: India will do everything possible to help Nepal, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said today.

“Nepal is our neighbour and we also have cultural relations with it. We have been making all possible efforts
from our side. We had held a meeting chaired by the Prime Minister and many decisions have been taken so that we can provide the maximum help to Nepal,” he told reporters.

Nepal Earthquake, Nepal quake, National Disaster Response Force loading supplies for Nepal. (Source: Partha Paul/Indian Express)

1.35 pm:  At least 150 Indians who reached Indian border at Raxaul from Nepal this morning were sent to their homes by different trains and 10 buses were dispatched to Pokhra in the neighbouring country by Bihar government.  for transporting back stranded citizens.

“The state government has facilitated journey of 150 people by trains to different locations who reached Raxaul by
road from Nepal this morning,” Principal Secretary Disaster Management department Vyas Jee told PTI.

12.10 pm Details of what the Indian government has sent as relief materials

12.00 pm: The death toll has crossed 3300 and according to reports, it will rise given that rescue workers were still struggling to reach remote villages which had been affected by the earthquake.

Reports received so far by aid groups suggest that many communities perched on mountainsides are devastated or struggling to cope, says Associated Press

11.00 am: An air of uneasy calm returns to the capital, says Associated Press. The agency reports that some pharmacies, groceries and shops selling basic provisions opened while bakeries began offering fresh bread.

10.40 am:   People clicking selfies at sites of destruction, reports Associated Press. Near Kathmandu’s famed Dharahara Tower, reduced to an enormous pile of red brick dust, dozens of people were clambering around the debris clicking smiling selfies and photos of their friends posing, says AP.

“This is earthquake tourism. This is not right,” 21-year-old business student Pawan Thapa who arrived from the suburbs to see how he could help told the agency. “They are more interested in clicking their selfies than understanding that it is a tragedy.”

9.50 am: For those who have loved ones or family members still in Nepal, the Ministry of External Affairs has opened up a 24 hour helpline. The numbers are below:

9.40 am: US Geological survey has predicted more aftershocks in the coming months. According to their website, USGS expects 3-14 aftershocks of the more than 5 magnitude on Richter scale and said that there is a 54 per cent chance of a magnitude 6 or greater aftershock. They added that in the following month and then the following year, USGS expects several magnitude 5 and greater aftershocks, with a significant chance of magnitude 6 and greater aftershock (greater than 50 per cent).

9.30 am: India evacuated 1,935 stranded Indians from earthquake-hit Nepal, even as a fresh feeble tremor today jolted the battered Himalayan nation. The Indian Air Force flew 12 sorties to bring back Indian nationals including many children.

“Despite bad weather in Nepal, IAF continued its operation last night. As of now, IAF has evacuated 1,935 passengers from Kathmandu through 12 aircraft sorties,” Spokesperson, Ministry of Defence, Sitanshu Kar said.

A top Indian official has described the situation in the Himalayan nation as “very, very serious” and nearly 1,000 trained personnel of the National Disaster Response Force(NDRF) have been also pressed into service.

8.00 am:  Associated Press quotes a Nepal police official as saying that least 3,218 people have been confirmed dead. In addition to this 18 people have also been confirmed dead in an avalanche that swept through the Mount Everest base camp in the wake of the earthquake. India has seen the death toll rise to 61 people.

Also read: Dead cross 2500 as living being to pick up the pieces

7.35 am: The aftershocks for the Saturday earthquake continued on Sunday as well. The Sunday aftershocks measured 6.7 on the Richter scale, was the strongest of more than 40 ‘aftershocks’ that have been felt in Nepal after the big earthquake. Almost all of them had a magnitude of 4 or higher on the Richter scale, and a few of them were measured to be higher than 6. Scientists told Indian Express that this was normal, and only to be expected. There’s also some uncertainty on how long these will continue. Read what experts to Indian Express on here.

Picture Gallery: Worst earthquake in eight decades leaves Nepal ravaged  

7.00 am: India has stepped up rescue efforts for the Nepal earthquake. Thirteen military and three civilian aircraft were being sent to Kathmandu Sunday as part of India’s ongoing relief and rescue operations in the aftermath of a massive earthquake and its aftershocks in Nepal. The government was also planning to send a six-member inter-ministerial team, headed by an additional secretary with the Ministry of Home Affairs, to Kathmandu to coordinate rescue efforts. (Read more: India intensifies rescue efforts)

6.00 am: In Nepal’s Rupandehi, residents spent a sleepless night, troubled by the aftershocks.  “We usually sleep at around 9 pm, but yesterday we were roaming the streets till midnight,” says Hari Om, sitting in his small lodge.

“At around 2 am, and then again at about 4:42 am, we felt tremors,” adds Mahesh Yadav, a policeman. Read the full Indian Express story: Nepal Earthquake: Sleepless wait next to cracks, fallen rocks 

 

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