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Nepal quake: Over 3200 killed, people forced to stay in open

Kathmandu, The high-intensity earthquake followed by series of mild and strong aftershocks has sent shockwaves across the country and has forced people to remain outdoors.
A day after Saturday’s 7.9 magnitude quake, thousands of people huddled under tents and spent sleepless nights as aftershocks continued to rattle hospitals and buildings already damaged by the earthquake. The death toll continues to rise even as the rescue teams escalate the relief operation. More than 3200 people have died in the devastating earthquake and more than 6,000 people have been injured.
Surgery camps were organised in the open ground in Kathmandu as patients were unable to find beds in devastated city’s hospitals. Surgeons operated on patients inside the tents. “We are overwhelmed with rescue and assistance requests from all across the country,” said Deepak Panda, a member of the country’s disaster management. A day before Nepal President Ram Baran Yadav spent Saturday night inside a tent after the powerful earthquake caused several cracks in his office-cum-residence.
A senior presidential official told that Yadav and his security guards spent the entire night inside the tent fearing that further aftershocks may damage the entire century-old building.

The President’s Office was built some 150 years ago during the Rana Regime with British style architecture. Known as Sheetal Niwas, the house was earlier used by the foreign ministry. Some parts of the building, including the kitchen, developed cracks following the earthquake.

“President Yadav is still in his tent,” said the official who is not authorized to speak to the media. A powerful earthquake measuring 7.9 on the Richter scale shook Nepal on Saturday, leaving more than 2,000 people dead and caused widespread destruction. Similarly, Nepal Prime Minister Sushil Koirala’s residence was also badly affected by the quake, the official said. The main entrance to the prime minister’s residence was damaged. Koirala was in Indonesia when the quake rocked the nation. Several government offices have also been badly hit. (Source- www.newsroompost.com)