UPDATE: Death Toll Rises, Travel and Service Delivery Disruptions Persist in Aftermath of 7.9-Magnitude Quake
Drum Cussac has issued this latest warning for people traveling and living in the country of Nepal. This information is available to GeoBlue plan members from the GeoBlue website daily. Travel Safe!
Category: Natural Disasters
Severity: 4 (High)
Source: Drum Cussac
04/27/2015 (Nepal) – Nepalese officials reported on Monday, 27 April, that the latest death toll from the powerful earthquake that struck the country over the weekend had reached 3,218. More than 6,500 others have also reportedly injured. More than 90 people are also believed to have died in neighbouring countries, including India and China. The number of casualties could rise in the coming days once rescue teams reach the remote mountainous areas of western Nepal, where many communities reportedly suffered significant damages.
The 7.9-magnitude earthquake struck central and western Nepal, including the capital Kathmandu, on Saturday, 25 April. The quake was followed by at least 15 strong aftershocks, including a 6.7-magnitude tremor on Sunday afternoon. The United Nations (UN) reported that an estimated 6.6 million people had been affected by the earthquake. The quake also resulted in widespread reports of damages to roads, infrastructures and communication networks across the country, as well as deadly avalanches on Mount Everest. The Home Ministry indicated that 30 districts across the country had been identified as crisis zones.
International rescue and aid missions have arrived in Nepal to contribute to ongoing emergency assistance in response the quake which is said to be the worst to hit the country in more than 80 years. Rescuers have identified the lack of basic supplies, service delivery disruptions, and overcrowded medical facilities as among the more immediate concerns that need to be addressed. The UN has also expressed concerns that rescue and relief operations might be hampered with the coming of the monsoon season.
It should be noted that the Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM) in Kathmandu resumed services on Sunday, although aftershocks may prompt the temporary closure of the facility in the near future.
Those currently in Nepal should fully adhere to all government directives under the state of emergency. It should be noted that shelters or other safe locations are at full capacity, and individuals should consider seeking refuge at embassy compounds and related buildings, as many have offered to extend assistance. Clients in Nepal should be aware of the potential for aftershocks in the immediate-to short-term, which could cause further structural damage.
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