Sri Lankan rescue team leaves for Nepal

Colombo : A Sri Lankan team left for Nepal from Colombo on Sunday to assist in rescue and relief operations, following the earthquake on Saturday that left over 2,000 people dead and 5,000 others injured.

The Sri Lanka army said the first contingent included 44 military personnel and four civil medical consultants, Xinhua news agency reported.

"Four sniffer dogs and a large stock of rescue equipment, urgent sanitary-ware, tools, tents, generators, medicine and dry rations also saw their passage in the first flight," the army said.


Increase pace of search and rescue ops in Nepal: Modi

New Delhi : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday chaired a high-level meeting to review relief and rescue operations following the massive earthquake in Nepal and directed that the pace of search and rescue operations be increased.

The prime minister was briefed on the work being done by various agencies involved in relief and rescue work, both in India and Nepal. He was also briefed on the situation arising out of the major aftershock that occurred earlier in the day on Sunday, said an official statement.

SGPC, DSGMC to start 'langar' in quake-hit Nepal

Chandigarh/New Delhi : The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) and Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Managing Committee (DSGMC) will airlift 25,000 food packets daily for earthquake-hit Nepal from Monday and also make arrangements to start 'langar' (community meal) for the affected people in Kathmandu.

Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal on Sunday directed the SGPC and DSGMC to start air-lifting the food packets to Kathmandu every day.

503 Indians evacuated from Nepal, more on way

New Delhi : A total of 503 Indians were evacuated from Nepal on Sunday and another batch of 130 is expected, Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar said.

Addressing a press conference here, he said that 237 Indians have already landed while 266 are on their way.

A third flight is expected to bring another 130 Indians, but the number is not final yet.

"We would request Indians there to be patient," said Jaishankar.

Almost 40 aftershocks hit Nepal over two days

Kathmandu : Almost 40 aftershocks have rocked Nepal since the main earthquake with 7.9 magnitude on the Richter scale struck Lamjung district, 75 km northwest of the capital, on Saturday at 6.11 GMT (11.56 Nepal time)

Here is a list of aftershocks which began soon after the earthquake and continued till Sunday evening. The timing is in GMT and the intensity on the Richter scale is within brackets. This is in ascending order.


Climbers tweet updates as avalanches continue on Everest slopes

Kathmandu : Even as a Nepal tourism ministry official on Sunday declared a toll of 18 climbers on Mount Everest after Saturday's 7.9-magnitude earthquake, climbers in the area tweeted updates about the prevailing conditions around their respective base camps.

At 12.57 p.m., Jim Davidson, a climber at 19,850.03 feet, tweeted: "Just had our biggest aftershock yet here at C1 on Everest. Smaller than original quake but glacier shook & avalanches again. Nerve wracking...."


Rain, thundershower likely to hit Nepal

New Delhi : Indian meteorological officials on Sunday forecast fairly widespread rain and thundershowers over Nepal till Monday.

"The activity is most likely to become widespread on April 27 and 28 with a possibility of isolated heavy thunderstorm activity, particularly over eastern part of Nepal," the Indian Meteorological Department said in a statement.

With similar forecast for Kathmandu, the department suggested people should take precautions against wet and bleak weather and possible landslides at vulnerable sites.

Nepal quake toll rises to over 2,300

Kathmandu : The toll in the massive earthquake that devastated Nepal rose to over 2,300 on Sunday, the government said.

Nepal's ministry of home affairs said at least 2,309 people were dead, while 5,850 were injured, according to reports received till 4 p.m. on Sunday.

The worst affected districts were Kathmandu, Sindhupalchowk, Lalitpur, Gorkha and Bhaktapur.

The government said search and rescue operations were on and the toll may rise further.


World rushes aid to Nepal amid 2,300 deaths, new tremors

By Anil Giri,

Kathmandu : Another tremblor measuring 6.9 on the Richter scale shook Nepal on Sunday causing fresh panic as rescuers pulled out bodies from debris, a day after a 7.9 magnitude earthquake left over 2,300 dead and forced tens of thousands to spend the night on the streets.

As the world rushed emergency aid to Kathmandu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi presided over a high-level meeting in New Delhi after saying: "I can understand what the people of Nepal are going through... My dear brothers and sisters of Nepal, we are with you."

Flights take off as Kathmandu airport opens

Kathmandu : Hours after a fresh earthquake struck on Sunday, flights have stated taking off from the Tribhuvan International Airport here.

An Air China flight CA408 from Kathmandu to Lhasa took off at 3.50 p.m. The flight was waiting for clearance since morning.

Similarly, a Silk Air flight MI411 from Kathmandu to Singapore also took off minutes after the airport re-opened.

Dragon Airlines' HDA104 became the first flight to land at the airport.