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Nepal Quake death toll rises again

30 April 2015, 08:03

Kathmandu - The death toll in Nepal from a massive weekend earthquake has risen to nearly 5,500, according to a new tally by disaster management officials.

A total of 5 489 people are now known to have died in the 7.8-magnitude quake, according to an update from the National Emergency Operation Centre, while more than 100 others were killed in neighbouring India and China.

Trekkers stranded by an avalanche in Nepal, meanwhile, fought for food and for places on rescue helicopters after being denied shelter by locals in the aftermath of an earthquake that killed more than 5 000 people.

Up to 250 people were feared missing immediately after an avalanche on Tuesday hit a village in Langtang, a national park north of the capital Kathmandu.

In the event, there were no confirmed deaths or serious injuries.

No to foreign rescue efforts

The Nepalese government told foreign search and rescue teams on Wednesday not to come because there are already enough in the earthquake-hit country, a senior UN official said.

Resident co-ordinator for Nepal Jamie McGoldrick said the government had decided it had enough foreign experts in and around the capital Kathmandu, which has been devastated by a massive quake that struck on Saturday.

"They feel they have enough capacity to deal with the immediate needs in search and rescue," he told AFP.

"Those that are already en route can come but the others are being told not to."



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