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Nepal quake: Virtual media drives 'real' rescue operations

New Delhi : Considering the popularity and reach of social networking sites in the modern world, the Indian government is pro-actively using Twitter and Facebook to reach out to those affected in quake-ravaged Nepal.

From giving information about the missing ones to offering aid, the government and netizens have gone all out to utilise the power of social media, also known as virtual media, to offer a helping hand to the ones in need.

40 Indians trapped at Everest Camp I, II

By Sayan Mukherjee and Sandip Sikdar,

New Delhi : At least 40 Indian mountaineers remained trapped on Monday at Everest Camp I and II, cut off from the Base Camp following avalanches triggered by the massive earthquake two days ago, officials said.

Top Indian Mountaineering Foundation (IMF) officials here said the climbers were safe and authorities were considering air rescue operations to evacuate the trapped climbers.

Over 150 stranded in Everest camps

Kathmandu : More than 150 mountaineers are still stranded in two camp sites of Mt. Everest following a powerful earthquake in Nepal on Saturday, a senior government official told reporters at a press conference on Monday.

"It has come to our notice that over 150 climbers are languishing in the two base camps. We have intensified the rescue operation by deploying helicopters and medical teams. We are hopeful they can be rescued at the earliest," Xinhua news agency quoted Nepal Chief Secretary Leela Mani Paudyal as saying.

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Nepal toll crosses 3,200; thousands sleep in the open

By Anil Giri,

Kathmandu : Hundreds of thousands of people spent a second night out in the open here and elsewhere in Nepal as the death toll in the devastating earthquake crossed 3,200 on Monday.

More than 6,000 men, women and children have also been officially listed injured, many seriously, in the 7.9 magnitude quake that flattened several buildings and shrines in the Kathmandu Valley and nearby districts.

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ADB fast-tracks over $200-mn emergency aid for Nepal

Manila : The Asian Development Bank (ADB) announced on Monday more than $200 million in aid for Nepal in response to a 7.9-magnitude earthquake that has caused more than 3,300 deaths and widespread destruction, Efe news agency reported.

ADB president Takehiko Nakao said the bank would immediately release $3 million for humanitarian aid efforts, including medical assistance and provision of water, food and shelter for victims.

The Manila-based financial entity said in a statement that it would later contribute another $200 million for re-construction work.

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Taiwan nuclear power reactor shut down after fire

Taipei : One of the two reactors of a nuclear power station in Taiwan was shut down after a fire broke out on Sunday night, the company said on Monday.

The fire broke out in an auxiliary electrical transformer at the Third Nuclear Power Plant in Pingtung county, the Taiwan Power Company (Taipower) said.

It was extinguished by the plant's own firefighters in 17 minutes and the plant's other reactors are continuing to operate normally, though it is estimated that it will take two weeks to get the No.2 reactor operational again, Xinhua news agency reported.

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Nepal's death toll soars to 3,815

Kathmandu : The death toll from the 7.9-magnitude temblor that struck Nepal was on Monday placed at 3,815, with Kathmandu accounting for nearly 1,000 deaths.

The home ministry said in a statement that another 6,515 people were injured. Saturday's earthquake, the worst to hit Nepal since 1934, had its epicentre in Gorkha district.

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Quake toll rises to 20 in Tibet

Beijing : The toll in Tibet due to the impact of the earthquake that struck Nepal rose to 20 on Sunday, a media report said.

Saturday's quake in Nepal killed more than 2,500 people.

According to Xinhua news agency, 58 people were injured in Tibet and four people, including a Nepali national, were missing in Nyalam county.

The quake affected the southwestern part of Tibet. Some 24,800 people have been relocated in Xigaze city.

The highway linking Xigaze and the Zham Pass, the border port to Nepal, has been cut by landslides.

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Delhi Sikh body sends 25,000 food packets to Nepal

New Delhi/Chandigarh : The Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Managing Committee (DSGMC) on Monday sent 25,000 food packets to the quake-hit Nepal to help those affected there.

The food packets were transported on Indian Air Force IAF aircraft. More food packets are likely to be dispatched to Nepal later on Monday, DSGMC media adviser Parminder Pal Singh told IANS.

Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal had on Sunday directed the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) and DSGMC to start air-lifting the food packets to Kathmandu every day.

Over 300 Australians missing in Nepal quake

Canberra : Over 300 Australians are still missing following the tremors that devastated Nepal, authorities said on Monday.

The department of foreign affairs and trade has been in contact with more than 200 of the 549 registered Australians as travelling in Nepal, but "challenging conditions" have made it difficult to contact others, the Canberra Times reported.

Among the missing is 26-year-old volunteer James Brinson, from Sydney, who worked with World Vision in Dhaka to provide water and sanitation.

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