Nepal Earthquake / Death Toll Passes 7,000; 101 Year Old Rescued From Rubble

Nepal's only international airport closed to large military, cargo planes to protect runway Rescuers find body of missing Israeli

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A Nepali woman carries a basket past a home in Kathmandu damaged by the earthquake.Credit: AP
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A week after a massive earthquake devastated Nepal and the surrounding region, the death toll in the quake has crossed the 7,000 mark, with over 14,000 wounded, Nepali government officials said Sunday.

An Israel Defense Forces plane carrying 30 backpackers was expected to land at Ben Gurion airport at 2:30 P.M. on Sunday.

Government officials have said efforts to step up the pace of delivery of relief material to remote areas were also frustrated by a shortage of supply trucks and drivers, many of whom had returned to their villages to help their families.


Live updates:

3:00 P.M. Rescuers find body of Israeli missing since Nepal earthquake

The body of Or Assraf, the last Israeli unaccounted for after the massive earthquake in Nepal last week, was discovered on Sunday, Israeli rescue services said.

The find followed a wide-scale rescue mission in the area in which 22-year-old Assraf was last known to be hiking. Patrick Assraf, Or's father, flew to Nepal last week with Israeli rescue teams to participate in the search.

According to the rescuers, Assraf's body was identified from the identity documents found on it. (Shirley Seidler) Read the full story

2:30 P.M.: Centenarian pulled from rubble

Rescuers in northern Nepal found a survivor believed to be 101 years old whose mud-house collapsed around him in the earthquake, an official says. (DPA)

1:00 P.M.: Three survivors pulled from rubble

Three people were pulled out alive from the rubble of their home eight days after Nepal's devastating earthquake, an official said on Sunday.

The current toll of 7,056 dead is likely to rise as an entire village was carried away by the avalanche and many more people are believed to have died, officials said.

A home ministry official said police and army rescued three people from the rubble in the district of Sindhupalchowk, northeast of the capital Kathmandu and one of the worst-hit areas in the country. No further details were immediately available.

12:00 P.M.: 51 bodies found in village, including 9 foreigners 

Rescuers have found 51 bodies in a village on a popular trekking route over the weekend, including six foreigners.

Government administrator Gautam Rimal says the remains were dug up in the Langtang Valley in Rasuwa district, 60 kilometers (35 miles) north of Kathmandu.
They include Nepalese guides, hotel owners, workers and porters.

One of them was a French national and another an Indian. The identity and nationalities of the other foreigners were not immediately known.

The area, with a dozen inns near the trekking trail, was buried by a landslide after the April 25 earthquake. (AP)

11:30 A.M.: Nepal's only international airport closed to large military, cargo planes

Nepal's only international airport was closed Sunday to large military and cargo planes flying in relief material to prevent damage to the airport's only runway.

Birendra Shrestha, manager of Tribhuwan International Airport, located on the outskirts of Kathmandu, said the runway was built to handle only medium-size jetliners, but was deteriorating due to large military and cargo planes flying in quake relief material for over a week.

He said there have been reports of the runway developing cracks. Nepalese authorities are asking donors to use smaller planes. (AP) Read the full story

10:30 A.M.: Reports of diarrhea outbreak in worst-hit mountain regions

Nepal's health secretary says there have been reports of people being hit by diarrhea in several districts in remote mountain villages worst-hit by the April 25 earthquake. However, he says there is no epidemic yet and authorities hope to bring it under control.

Health Secretary Santa Shrestha said Sunday that health teams with medicine have rushed to many of the affected areas.

Earlier, the UN children's agency, UNICEF, warned of the risks of disease on children following the quake.

"With the monsoon season only a few weeks away, children will be at heightened risk of diseases like cholera and diarrhea infections, as well as being more vulnerable to the threat of landslides and floods," the agency said. (AP)

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