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Nepal PM warns quake toll may climb to 10,000 as 4,400 deaths confirmed.

NEW DELHI, April 28 (KUNA) -- Sources from Nepal's Home Ministry stated on Tuesday that death toll from Saturday's magnitude 7.8 earthquake crossed 4,400 and injured more than 8,500 while the Prime Minister Sushil Koirala appealed for more coordinated rescue and relief efforts warning that the death toll may climb to 10,000 mark. Despite the involvement a number of countries and international organization in the rescue and relief operations, many parts of the country are still cut off and people are still struggling for food, water, electricity and medicines. Fear has gripped the whole country and people are not going to their houses fearing yet another aftershock as the country witnessed dozens of aftershocks since the major quake that devastated the country on Saturday. Meanwhile, the United Nations in its assessment said that around eight million people are affected by the biggest natural calamity to hit the country in the last 80 years. The government declared Sindhupalchowk, Kathmandu, Nuwakot, Dhading, Bhaktapur, Gorkha, Kavre, Lalitpur and Rasuwa as the most-affected districts while indicating that a total of 60 districts were hit. "We have been unable to initiate rescue efforts in many areas at the same time due to lack of equipment and rescue experts," the PM was quoted as saying. Meanwhile, the death toll in India reached 73 while Tibet from China's far western region reported that the toll rose to 25, according to Chinese state owned Xinhua news agency.(end)

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Date:Apr 28, 2015
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