KATHMANDU – The death toll in the 7.8-magnitude earthquake that struck Nepal 10 days ago is now above 7,500, with the number of injured now exceeding 14,400, according to latest data from the Nepalese government.
At this time, the government no longer expects a significant rise to the final number of casualties.
Most deaths occurred in either Sindhupalchowk district or the Kathmandu administrative region.
Sindhupalchowk registered the highest number of deaths, 2,911 to date, with far fewer, only 852, listed as injured.
In Kathmandu, 1,202 people are known to have died and 4,634 were injured.
More bodies are being recovered as rescue teams gain access to remote areas of the country, including the popular tourist destination Langtand national park, where 99 bodies have been found in the last two days.
In Rasua district, where Langtang is situated, 433 people have died and several dozen remain missing, according to government figures published Tuesday.
Ten days after the quake, the possibility of finding survivors is greatly diminished, though small miracles continue to occur, such as the rescue of three women in Sindhupalchowk on Sunday.
Information and Communication Minister Minendra Rijal told Efe on Monday that the final number of casualties would not increase much more, and that the number of fresh casualties is decreasing with every passing day.
“The number (of deaths) has already crossed 7,000. We are worried that it can increase, but probably not by a large number,” said the minister, who preferred not to “speculate” on a final figure.
“There is still work going on. We are conducting rescue operations and it is not nice to speculate about numbers,” he said, emphasizing that this was “a catastrophe of enormous proportions.”
The earthquake is being called the worst in Nepal’s recent history and one of the most powerful in the region since an earthquake in Kashmir in 2005 killed more than 84,000 people.