Quake Death Toll Grows as Rescue Operations Begin in Nepal

Fairfield, Conn. (May 12, 2015) — The Government of Nepal has reported that at least 42 people have been killed and 1,129 injured in a major 7.4 magnitude earthquake that struck eastern Nepal today, just two weeks after more than 8,000 people were killed in a devastating quake.

Sanjana Shrestha from Save the Children Nepal said: "The effect of this latest earthquake is deeply felt, and is setting people back psychologically, as we were all trying to creep back to some sort of normal life. Children and families in the worst affected areas are understandably terrified, with many sleeping outside tonight for fear of falling debris from buildings or further aftershocks.

"Just days ago a prepositioned plane filled with 44 tons of tarps, tents, hygiene kits, household kits and other supplies left Manila and has now arrived in Nepal, so we are well placed to scale up our response. With the monsoon rains due in a matter of weeks, we must respond to people's needs as quickly as possible."

Save the Children is now assessing the situation on the ground to find out what impact the second earthquake has had on families.

Thirty two of Nepal's 75 districts have reportedly been hit and there have been at least a dozen landslides in six separate districts, hampering existing aid deliveries and vital medical responses.

Dolakha and Sindhupalchok are thought to be the worst affected areas, with an estimated 90% of homes reportedly destroyed in Dolakha, where injured civilians are currently being airlifted by military helicopters to the main hospital in Kathmandu, with 70 casualties already admitted and many more expected through the night. Fears are growing that many more people may be buried beneath collapsed buildings and landslides.

The Ministry of Education has reportedly declared that schools will remain closed until May 29.

The agency has already reached 67,000 people through our original response, distributing vital items including tarps and hygiene kits, and working to set up mobile health clinics to provide basic primary health care.

The following Save the Children staff in Kathmandu are available for media interviews. Challenges remain with telecoms. Please contact them directly at:

Dave Hartman
Mobile: (+977) 981 012 0763
Skype: dave.hartman34

Gemma Gillie
Mobile: +977 9801243628
Skype: ggillie87

Sudarshan Shrestha
Mobile: +977 9851007766

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