The death toll from Nepal's earthquake rose to over 5,000 on Tuesday, three days after the massive quake ripped across this Himalayan nation, leaving tens of thousands shell-shocked and sleeping in the streets.
Up to eight million people have had their lives disrupted by the disaster, according to the UN. "According to initial estimations and based on the latest earthquake intensity mapping, eight million people in 39 districts have been affected, of which over two million people live in the 11 severely affected districts," the UN Office of the Resident Coordinator said.
The death toll has reached 5489 after the devastating earthquake followed by dozens of aftershocks while the number of injured remains 10965 by Thrusday morning..
Based on the human casualty, Sindhupalchowk is the most affected district as the death toll reached 1250 in the district alone. According to the Nepal Police Headquarters, 2848 people are killed in the central region, excluding three districts of Kathmandu Valley. As per the Nepal Police, the earthquake killed 51 people in the eastern region while 382 in the western region and two in mid-western region.
Of those killed in the earthquake, 1039 are from Kathmandu, 250 from Bhaktapur, 159 from Lalitpur, 560 from Nuwakot, 374 from Gorakha, 346 from Dhading, 302 from Rasuwa and 252 from Kavrepalanchowk.
According to the Ministry of Home Affairs, all the dead bodies found, except 227, are handed to the relatives of the deceased. The 227 bodies are yet to be identified.
Among the injured people, 2142 are from Kathmandu, 1889 from Bhaktapur and 1060 from Lalitpur. The number of injured people is 2782 in the central region, excluding the numbers of injured in the valley. Likewise, 216 people are injured in the eastern region while the number of injured is 1130 in the western region.
The government has informed that the rescue operations are speeded up in the affected districts, including highly affected Sindhupalchowk, Kathmandu, Nuwakot, Dhading, Bhaktapur, Lalitpur, Kavrepalanchowk, Gorkha and Rasuwa.
The Home Ministry has also informed that the foreign rescue teams are also actively supporting the rescue operations. The rescue teams from India, Sri Lanka, China, Turkey, Netherlands, Poland, Germany, France, Israel, Malaysia and JICA were deployed for search and rescue operations in various places of Kathmandu valley. According to the ministry, the Sri Lanka team rescued a youth alive from Balaju area. Meanwhile, the rescue team from Britain is deployed in Sindhupalchowk district. Likewise, 9 foreign medical teams are deployed in various affected area.
According to the ministry, 16,824 security personnel from Nepal Army and Armed Police Force are deployed for the rescue operations so far.
A number of Israelis remain unaccounted for, and are thought to have been traveling in the region; seven of those unaccounted for were rescued on Tuesday, along with an additional 23 Israelis also rescued. Israel's Foreign Ministry has no information on any Israelis who were injured in the magnitude 7.8 earthquake which was centered just outside the capital, Kathmandu.
Congestion at Kathmandu's Tribhuvan International Airport has forced several international rescue teams to either fly home or land at regional hubs such as Bangkok.
The country's sole international airport, which can only service eight large aircraft at a time, has had to deal with incoming commercial, humanitarian and rescue flights that severely strain its capacity.
Photos on social media show severely crowded terminals filled with travelers waiting to fly out of Nepal after the huge earthquake on the weekend.
A plane carrying a Japanese search and rescue team that departed from Thailand was put into a holding pattern on Monday for several hours, before the pilot was forced to divert and land in Kolkata, India to refuel.
A second attempt to land in Kathmandu was unsuccessful and the plane was forced to return to Thailand.
Thai Airways officials told DPAthe aircraft did not stay overnight in Kolkata because hotel rooms near the airport were filled with passengers from other diverted flights to Kathmandu.
A spokesman from the Indian Ministry of Defense also confirmed that an Air Force cargo plane was forced to return to India due to airport congestion.
He said the military would reschedule flights to "low density time" to avoid congestion at Kathmandu. (DPA)
World Health Organization (WHO) has handed over four emergency health kits comprising medicines and medical supplies and USD 1,75,000 for immediate health needs in Nepal.