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As Death Toll Rises Above 5K In Nepal Earthquake, Aid Groups Struggle To Reach Areas Outside Kathmandu

BBC News: Nepal earthquake: Eight million people affected, U.N. says
“Eight million people have been affected by the massive earthquake in Nepal — more than a quarter of the country’s population — the United Nations says…” (4/28).

The Guardian: Nepal earthquake: death toll could reach 10,000, says PM — live updates
In a livestream, The Guardian reports “More than 5,000 are confirmed dead and 6,500 injured; Nepal’s PM says death toll could more than double; Authorities struggling to cope despite aid efforts…” (Davey et al., 4/28).

International Business Times: Nepal Earthquake 2015: Aid Groups, Governments Ramp Up Relief Efforts As Death Toll Climbs
“…The United Nations said roughly 30 international medical and search-and-rescue teams have been dispatched to Nepal since the tremor that affected nearly the entire country. Online fundraising websites have begun pulling in hundreds of thousands of dollars for earthquake relief, and aid groups have indicated their plans to send emergency supplies and equipment to survivors. Among the countries contributing to the effort are Australia, China, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, the U.K., and the U.S., the BBC reported…” (Ross, 4/27).

New York Times: Nepal Villages Cut Off by Earthquake Wait for Aid as Death Toll Passes 4,000
“…[O]utside the capital, many of the worst-hit villages in the ridges around Katmandu remain a black hole, surrounded by landslides that make them inaccessible even to the country’s armed forces. The Nepali authorities on Monday began airdropping packages of tarpaulins, dry food and medicine into mountain villages, but an attempt to land helicopters was abandoned, said Brig. Gen. Jagadish Chandra Pokharel, an army spokesman…” (Fuller/Barry, 4/27).

Reuters: Quake overwhelms Nepal’s weak health care system
“A massive earthquake in Nepal has exposed the woeful state of its medical facilities as hospitals struggle to treat vast numbers of injured with limited supplies and staff. The country of 28 million has only 2.1 physicians and 50 hospital beds for every 10,000 people, according to a 2011 World Health Organization report…” (Nair, 4/26).

TIME: U.S. Sends Personnel, Funds to Aid in Nepal Relief Effort
“The U.S. government is sending troops and aid to Nepal as the nation struggles to recover from a massive earthquake that killed thousands. … Secretary of State John Kerry also announced Monday the U.S. government is sending an additional $9 million to aid in the relief effort, bringing the total funds sent thus far to $10 million…” (Rhodan, 4/27).

Wall Street Journal: Rescuers Struggle to Reach Outlying Villages Hit by Nepal Earthquake
“…Badly damaged roads, landslides, and at-times heavy rains that limited the number of helicopter flights in parts of the country prevented search-and-rescue specialists as well as supplies of medicines, water, tents, and other critical aid from reaching people in need…” (Pesta/Bhattacharya, 4/27).

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