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.
A massive quake measuring 6.9 on the Richter scale jolted Hawaii residents were evacuating from their homes following a volcanic eruption that has not showed any signs of slowing down, authorities said.
The temblor that struck 16 km southwest of Leilani Estates at 12.32 p.m., on Friday, was one of more than 110 earthquakes that hit the island since the Kilauea volcano, one of the world’s most active, erupted on Wednesday, reports CNN.
US Geological Survey (USGS) seismologist Jana Pursley said there have been 119 earthquakes on the Big Island since Thursday afternoon.
The USGS said Friday’s 6.9 quake was the most powerful on the island since 1975.
About 14,000 customers of Hawaii Electric Light lost power immediately after the earthquake.
The quake has knocked out power to residents who were already dealing with mandatory evacuation orders, molten rock and high levels of sulphur dioxide in the air.
The situation wasn’t getting any better, Civil Defence Administrator Talmadge Magno told reporters on Friday afternoon.
“Activity continues. It doesn’t look like it is slowing down,” CNN quoted Magno as saying.
He said five volcanic vents have opened and indicated that at least one house and another structure were destroyed by lava.
It is highly unusual to see the vents so far from Kilauea volcano, he said.
Hundreds of people have evacuated from Leilani Estates, a community of about 1,700 people, and Lanipuna Gardens.
Harry Kim, Mayor of Hawaii County, said the government will support residents, including those who want to go back to their homes to pick up some belongings.
“We have to work with them as to how we are going to minimise (the inconveniences) as best as possible,” he said.