KATHMANDU – Eighty-nine foreigners are still reported missing in Nepal after the massive earthquake on April 25, according to Nepal Police.
The 89 foreigners are among 329 people reported missing while trekking along routes particularly Langtang, said spokesperson of Nepal Police Kamal Singh Bam. He did not specify the nationality of the missing foreigners and said the number of missing Nepalese could be more than what was reported.
“Search for the missing foreigners and Nepalese is underway, and they might have been buried under the rubbles,” Bam said.
According to Nepal police’s records, the death toll has reached 8,675 while those injured increased to 21,845.
The remains of 8,598 victims have already been handed over to relatives for the last rites.
Most of the injured returned home after treatment. However, 5,613 people who sustained serious injuries are undergoing treatment in different hospitals across the country, Bam said.
Many people are still staying in tents despite the Home Ministry’s appeal to them to return home, as they are fearful of aftershocks.
“We urge people to return home as aftershocks are normal which do not cause major damage,” said the ministry in a statement on Friday.
Five aftershocks measuring over 4 in the Richter scale jolted Kathmandu on Friday.
An earthquake measuring 4.8 in the Richter scale also hit the far western part of Nepal with its epicenter in Humla, close to the Nepal-China border, according to the National Seismology Centre (NSC). – BERNAMA