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Nepal death toll may reach 10,000: Koirala

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

Tagging Saturday’s massive earthquake as Nepal’s worst ever quake, country’s Prime Minister, Sushil Koirala, said on Tuesday that the death toll has touched 4,347 and could go up to 10,000.

Despite the international help reaching out to the remotest parts of the country, a fear of mounting death toll is grasping the nation. It is expected that the tragedy may even rise bigger than the 1934 earthquake, which claimed over 8,000 lives.

Koirala’s media advisor, Prakash Adhikari, told a news agency that the PM met the envoys of India, China and USA and shared the toll figures with them.

The home ministry informed that Kathmandu and Sindhupalchowk districts were the two most affected areas, where 1,039 and 1,176 people have died respectively.

The already awful condition of Nepal is marred by water shortage, poor waste management and delay in debris removal.

The government has appealed the international community to send out more aid.

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Earthquake Measuring 6.1 Hits Indonesia

Indonesia is prone to quakes as it sits on a vulnerable impact zone called the Pacific Ring of Fire

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Boats lifted by an earthquake-triggered tsunami sit on a dock, in Coquimbo, Chile, Sept. 18, 2015. A magnitude 6.7 quake struck the city Jan. 19, 2018, but no tsunami was generated. VOA

An earthquake measuring 6.1 on the Richter scale jolted Indonesia’s Nusa Tenggara province on Sunday, but no tsunami alert was issued.

The quake struck at 4.54 a.m., with the epicentre at 148 km northeast of Alor and the depth at 573 km under the sea bed, said an official of the meteorology and geophysics agency.

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“This quake did not have a potential of tsunami, so that we did not issue an alert,” the official told Xinhua news agency.

There were also no reports of damages or casualties.

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Indonesia is prone to quakes as it sits on a vulnerable impact zone called the Pacific Ring of Fire. (IANS)

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