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Nepal Death Toll Surpasses 7,000; Health Workers Fear Spread of Disease

By    |   Monday, 04 May 2015 04:51 PM

As Nepal continues to grapple with the effects of the devastating April 25 earthquake, the death toll has surpassed 7,000 and continues to rise.

Aid has been slow to reach the country, and U.N. humanitarian officials are worried about the spread of disease.

"The earthquake has caused unimaginable destruction," Rownak Khan, a U.N. Children's Fund senior official in Nepal, told The Associated Press. "Hospitals are overflowing, water is scarce, bodies are still buried under the rubble and people are still sleeping in the open. This is a perfect breeding ground for disease."

Reports continue to filter in from remote areas of the country, making a true picture of the extent of the damage unclear. More than 70 aftershocks have followed the magnitude-7.8 earthquake.

Reuters reported the death toll had reached 7,366 with about 14,500 injured.

Officials said that more than 100 bodies were found during the weekend buried in an avalanche set off by the earthquake at the Langtang village about 40 miles north of Kathmandu, Reuters reported. About 120 more might be buried under the snow.

On Saturday, a 101-year-old man was rescued from the rubble of his home.

"There are still villages where we know that all houses have been destroyed, but have not yet been able to reach," Finance Minister Ram Sharan Mahat said, according to CNN.

International aid has been delayed by customs clearance at the country’s international airport in Kathmandu. U.S. Marines are assisting with the backed-up materials.

"Nepal is the worse case scenario," Brig. Gen. Paul Kennedy told USA Today. "It's landlocked, it's high altitude, it is going to tax even our military assets."

Twitter users continued to be touched by the tragedy.







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