Nepal rocked by 8.1-M earthquake

Source:Globaltimes.cn Published: 2018/3/20 18:00:12

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Source: Global Times
2:11 pm, April 25, 2015 (Beijing Time)
Kathmandu, Nepal (28.2°N, 84.7°E)
20 km 
A total of 7,652 people dead; about 16,390 injured
Impact scope: 
Mount Qomolangma avalanche triggered by Nepal's massive earthquake;
A 3.1-m minor quake at southwest China's Chongqing Municipality
              Reporters in Nepal

              Situation in Tibet

Mount Qomolangma

▪ Casualty: 

At least 18 killed, 61 injured 
An unknown number of climbers and guides unaccounted for on other routes, said Ang Tshering of the Nepal Mountaineering Association.
The avalanche flattened at least 30 tents. 

▪ Rescue: 

21 of the most seriously injured were taken by helicopter to Pheriche village, the nearest medical facility.

Total in Tibet

▪ Casualty: 
25 dead, 383 injured in Tibet following Nepal earthquake

▪ Damage: 

Toppled 1,191 houses
Damaged roads and cut off telecommunications in the counties of Nyalam and Gyirong

▪ Rescue: 

7,000 people relocated in the county of Nyalam; 5,000 people evacuated in the county of Gyirong


              Rescue works

The 62-strong China International Search & Rescue Team left for Nepal at around 6 am Sunday Beijing time to carry out humanitarian rescue. With 6 sniffer dogs and relevant rescue and medical equipment, the team is expected to arrive in Katmandu midday Sunday on a chartered plane, according to the China Earthquake Administration.
Indian Air Force planes brought back over 550 Indians back from quake struck Nepal Saturday night, while more are expected to be evacuated Sunday. The Indian defense forces, meanwhile decided to step up their search, rescue and humanitarian efforts in Nepal on Sunday, said the report.
The Singapore Civil Defense Force (SCDF) will send a 55-man search-and-rescue team to Nepal, and the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) will also support the relief efforts with deployment of suitable resources, Singapore Press Center said in press release Saturday night.
Pakistan will send relief goods to Nepal for the earthquake-hit people, officials said on Saturday. Relief goods, including medicines, doctors and nurses as well as tents and blankets are being sent to Kathmandu, the PM's office said.
The United States is dispatching a disaster response team to Nepal along with an initial $1 million in aid after a massive earthquake struck Nepal and parts of its neighboring states, said the White House in a statement Saturday.
Britain has deployed a team of humanitarian experts to Nepal to provide "urgent humanitarian support", Britain's International Development Secretary Justine Greening announced. The eight-strong team of disaster relief experts will travel to Nepal overnight and begin work on Sunday.
Red Cross
The American Red Cross is committing an initial $300,000 to the response operation and working closely with the Nepal Red Cross and the global Red Cross network to coordinate additional support. The American Red Cross is also supporting the response teams with information management and Geographic Information System (GIS) remotely.
The United Nations Resident Coordinator's Office in Kathmandu and other UN agencies are planning to work under the leadership of the Nepalese government with the support of a United Nations Disaster Assessment Team (UNDAC). A UN team has arrived Sunday morning in Kathmandu to assist in identifying the most immediate need of those affected by the quake, the UN office said.
France is ready to provide rescue assistance, said French president Francois Hollande Saturday.
Israel said it will send a rescue team to Nepal, which is expected to leave Saturday night.
The Venezuelan government on Saturday expressed its "deep sorrow" to the victims and offered its expertise in rescue operations to Nepal.
New Zealand
New Zealand stands ready with financial and practical assistance as Nepal responds to the devastating earthquake, Foreign Minister Murray McCully said Sunday.

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Editors: pangqi@globaltimes.com.cn
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