New Delhi/ Kathmandu | Quake battered Nepal today looked like a war torn state with people, standing in serpentine queues, desperately trying to flee from the National capital as the death toll mounted to over 5000 and spectre of epidemic loomed large. Even as Prime Minister Sushil Koirala has feared that the death toll may cross 10,000, rescuers stepped efforts to remove debris of the collapsed buildings and monuments.
About 250 people were missing near Gorkha town in a landslide on Tuesday. It is still known whether they were all trekkers or residents of near by areas.
A large number of people with their baggages were seen on the Kathmandu streets to catch buses to move out of the capital where living conditions had become tough and eatables were being sold at an exhorbitant prices.
Nepal policemen were seen regulating the milling crowd, many of them locals who want to go totheir remote villages in the quake ravaged houses or their kith and kins in India. Airport traffic was virtually chocked with both inflow international flights and outgoing flights carrying traumatized stranded tourists.
In air space, helicopters hovered atop and landed in the remote areas with food material and medicines. Systematic distribution of goods like milk, ration ,blankets and other material has become a major problems with people with contacts are allegedly calling shots.
The Nepal government has announced three days mourning in the state while more than thirty quake ravaged districts gasped for relief.
Amid fading hopes of surviors, a french rescue team has pulled out a 27-year-old youth from a collapsed house in Kathmandu after 80 hours. Krishna Ramtar now recuperating in a trauma center has become a start attraction among surviors as he was on the top floor of the Dharhara tower to take bird eye view of the city and entire valley, when the quake hit.
He lost his mother-in-law and sister-in-law with many others,but he survived the tragedy struck on weekend with 7.9 magnitude. Over hundred people are feared dead in the tower which is eleven storied and look like Qutub minar. He did not remember how he has survived but fail to recall sequence the incident. Such incidents kindle hope among people still scrambling to trace their missing one.
While rescue work is underway in full swing, weathermen predict that Nepal would have rains for next ten days. Such intermittent rains are badly hampering the rescue and relief work.
Indian engineers are working in close rapport with local electricity
department to restore snapped power lines. Most of the places were still reeling under power outages.
Lack of safe drinking water is posing another grave threat to people in various areas of the quake-hit Kathmandu Valley where diarrhoea is on rise.
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