At least 33 people are killed when a passenger bus skids off the road and falls more than 300 metres down a hill in Nepal. More than 35 passengers were injured. Official:
Bodies are scattered all over the sloppy hill, so security personnel are having difficulties collecting bodies and rescuing the victims. It is a narrow, gravel road. We are looking into the possibility of overcrowding of the bus being the cause of accident. We can come to a final conclusion only after the investigation is over.
Bhandari is elected as Nepal’s first female prime minister, by a vote of 327-214 against Congress party leader Kul Bahadur Gurung. Bhandari says her goals are to draft a new constitution which will move Nepal away from a traditional-male dominated society to a more equally balanced one.
Schools in Nepal re-open after approximately ninety percent of nepalese schools were destroyed. Many schools are built out of temporary materials such as bamboo and tarpaulin, and are to be replaced with new, permanent buildings within the next two years. The United Nations sends educational relief packages with the intent of assisting students psychologically after the earthquake. School days are being shortened and focusing more on cultural activities in order to further assist with the aim of helping children recover from this disastrous earthquake.
The children are very happy here to engage themselves with different kinds of playing materials, recreational materials.
Snowfall, torrential slides and avalanches are suspended in three remote areas of Nepal after avalanches. Nepal Army’s salvage group had taken out 120 bodies, including those of nine foreigners, from the range. However, the status of 180 others is not known.
80 hours after the quake, a French search and rescue team finds twenty-eight-year-old Rishi Khanal under the rubble on the outskirts of Kathmandu after more than 10 hours of digging. The team uses specialized gear that detects signs of life. Khanal appears to have a broken leg. Doctor:
The death count in the the Nepal earthquake has risen to 4,010 reported dead and 7,598 reported injured, however the Nepalese government speculates that the death toll may rise to over 10,000 dead over the coming days. Areas near Kathmandu are starting to return to a state of near normality with a return of some basic infrastructure but many rural areas are still cut off from basic necessities such as water, shelter and power. Prime Minister Sushil Koirala says that despite the influx of aid,
getting help to some of the worst affected areas is a major challenge.
A 7.9 magnitude earthquake strikes in Nepal only 2km below the earth’s surface. At least two are dead with many more injured. Tremors are felt as far away as Delhi. Reporter:
Massive tremors have been felt here in Delhi and several other parts of India. You can see pictures of our Delhi studios, where the windows rattled and everything shook for a very long time, for a minute perhaps or longer.
We don’t know about the casualties, we are flooded with calls.
We are in the process of finding more information and are working to reach out to those affected, both at home & in Nepal.
Tremors continue after the devastating earthquake in Nepal which leaves more than 1400 dead and thousands more injured. Officials fear the death toll will continue to climb before the aftershocks stop. The large area affected makes help difficult and people are frightened. Survivor:
There is no power and families are listening to the FM radio inside their cars. News of multiple building collapses. I’ve seen many cracked walls and roads and buildings. The (Dharahara, a landmark tower in Kathmandu) was packed with people a while ago. There are police everywhere trying to move rubble to make space on the roads for ambulances. Everyone is very scared.
U.S. sends disaster team and promises $1 million in aid to help Nepal and surrounding areas recover from the devastating earthquake. Secretary of State Kerry:
We are working closely with the government of Nepal to provide assistance and support. Ambassador Bodde has issued a disaster declaration in order to immediately release an initial $1 million for humanitarian assistance. USAID is preparing to deploy a Disaster Assistance Response Team and is activating an Urban Search and Rescue Team to accompany disaster experts and assist with assessments of the situation.
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