Nepal excludes possibility of survivors in rubble, to concentrate on aid for victims

Nepal’s leaders have admitted that the possibility of finding survivors under the rubble after last week’s earthquake is now very low. The government has said it will move its focus to providing food and supplies.

One week after the disaster, Nepal’s government was still struggling to come to terms with the extent of the tragedy. “We are trying our best in rescue and relief work but now I don’t think that there is any possibility of finding survivors under the rubble,” home ministry spokesman Laxmi Prasad Dhakal told reporters.

“While we will try to find the survivors if we have reports of any such possibility, I think it will be very hard to find one under the rubble a week after the quake. It would be a surprise,” he added.

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The death toll in Nepal has now reached 6,621 and around 100 victims have died in India’s regions bordering Nepal. The administration estimated the number of injured at 14,023. The European Union (EU) also reported 1,000 missing, most of whom had been climbing in the Everest region.
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