Rescue Efforts Continue in Nepal in Wake of Devastating Earthquake
PHOTO: After the earthquake, the historic 200-step Dharahara Tower in Kathmandu has been reduced to rubble. (via Twitter)
Another 6,500-plus people have been injured as a result of the natural disaster, which struck a region populated by more than 2.5 million people and triggered avalanches near Mount Everest, perhaps the region's most popular tourist attraction.
Neighboring countries including India, China and Pakistan were among the first nations to offer aid to Nepal, assisting with much-needed supplies and rescue efforts.
With powerful aftershocks causing significant damage — leveling homes and buildings —many survivors have been forced to camp outside. Power outages and overflowing hospitals have compounded the already dire situation.
While the death toll has climbed considerably since Saturday's initial reports, it's expected to continue to rise as rescue workers make their way to more remote areas throughout the region, some of which have reportedly suffered severe damage. "Villages like this are routinely affected by landslides, and it's not uncommon for entire villages of 200, 300, up to 1,000 people to be completely buried by rock falls," points out World Vision aid agency spokesman Matt Darvas via BBC.
Widespread devastation and the potential for dangerous aftershocks has led many to sleep outside over the past two nights. And in addition to insufficient shelter, food and water shortages have become a top concern for authorities.
Tribhuvan International Airport reopened to select flights over the weekend, however flights out of the country are reportedly full until May 2, according to Natalie Paris of the Telegraph.
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