Death toll from Nepal's deadly quake climbs to 7,240, 4 rescued alive 9 days after

2015-05-03 14:04:32 GMT2015-05-03 22:04:32(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

KATHMANDU, May 3 (Xinhua) -- Death toll from the massive earthquake in Nepal reached 7, 240, while the number of injuries stood at 14,122, the Ministry of Home Affairs said on Sunday.

Four persons, including a 105-year-old woman, were rescued alive from the debris of collapsed buildings in Nepal on Sunday, the police said.

On Sunday, A 4.9-magnitude earthquake hit Nuwakot district of the Central Nepal, Nepal's National Seismological Center said.

No casualties have so far been recorded in the fresh tremor.

Meanwhile, the country's health authorities said a majority of health facilities in Nepal's quake-affected areas, including Sindupalchok and Gorkha, have sustained damage in the April 25 earthquake.

An assessment by the World Health Organization and Nepal's Ministry of Health said on Sunday that district hospitals in Ramechhap, Nuwakot, Sindupalchok and Rasuwa have been dysfunctional.

A situation report released by the United Nation Nepal office showed that 90 percent of health facilities located in the worst- hit areas have been severely damaged.

People in the remote areas of the worst-affected districts are still waiting for medical aid, though medical teams have set up camps at relatively accessible locations.

The Nepalese health authorities said some 50 national and international medical teams have so far been assigned to the quake- hit districts.

An initial assessment report from Nepal's archaeology authorities showed that around 60 temples across the nation have been destroyed in the 7.9 magnitude earthquake.

The report from the Department of Archaeology (DoA) in the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation said that more than 200 monuments have been partly damaged.

The authorities have been in a hard bid to collect ruins consisting of valuable materials from monument sites.

The collection and preservation process has been underway at locations including the Basantapur Durbar Square, Bhaktapur Durbar Square and Patan Durbar Square, all of which are UNESECO World Heritage Sites.

Local residents and volunteers have joined the military and police personnel to search for the remaining crafted wooden beams, idols, struts and silver and copper items at the quake-jolted venues.

The earthquake has also done great harm to Nepal's tourism industry as at least 14 historic buildings have been destroyed or severely damaged, including 12 on the list of UNESCO World Heritage.


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