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Remote areas in quake-hit Nepal devastated

By The Assam Tribune

KATHMANDU, May 1 � Nepal�s remote mountainous areas have suffered �almost total devastation� from a powerful quake that claimed over 6,300 lives, aid agencies warned today even as relief slowly began to reach far-flung regions amid fresh aftershocks that kept people on edge, reports PTI.

Top Indian officials today took stock of the situation in the battered country as they assured Nepal of all possible assistance.

National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar called on Prime Minister Sushil Koirala soon after their arrival here to discuss the rescue and relief operations in the areas affected by the earthquake.

Tremors jolted Nepal for the sixth day today as rescuers struggled while disposing of dead bodies and sifting through mounds of rubble for rare survivors after hopes of finding them were rekindled following the miraculous rescue of a teenage boy and a young woman yesterday.

International humanitarian bodies called for greater urgency in relief efforts as the death toll from Saturday�s devastating temblor topped 6,300, while the number of injured reached around 14,000.

�One of our teams that returned from Chautara in Sindupalchowk district reported that 90 per cent of the homes are destroyed. The hospital has collapsed, and people are digging through the rubble with their hands in the hope that they might find family members who are still alive,� said Jagan Chapagain, Director of Asia Pacific with the IFRC.

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Remote areas in quake-hit Nepal devastated

KATHMANDU, May 1 � Nepal�s remote mountainous areas have suffered �almost total devastation� from a powerful quake that claimed over 6,300 lives, aid agencies warned today even as relief slowly began to reach far-flung regions amid fresh aftershocks that kept people on edge, reports PTI.

Top Indian officials today took stock of the situation in the battered country as they assured Nepal of all possible assistance.

National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar called on Prime Minister Sushil Koirala soon after their arrival here to discuss the rescue and relief operations in the areas affected by the earthquake.

Tremors jolted Nepal for the sixth day today as rescuers struggled while disposing of dead bodies and sifting through mounds of rubble for rare survivors after hopes of finding them were rekindled following the miraculous rescue of a teenage boy and a young woman yesterday.

International humanitarian bodies called for greater urgency in relief efforts as the death toll from Saturday�s devastating temblor topped 6,300, while the number of injured reached around 14,000.

�One of our teams that returned from Chautara in Sindupalchowk district reported that 90 per cent of the homes are destroyed. The hospital has collapsed, and people are digging through the rubble with their hands in the hope that they might find family members who are still alive,� said Jagan Chapagain, Director of Asia Pacific with the IFRC.