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    Nepal Quake Death Toll Tops 7,500

    • A woman helps unload emergency food supplies after the April 25 earthquake in Dovan, Nepal, May 8, 2015.
    • Men load emergency food supplies onto a helicopter after the April 25 earthquake in Deurali, Nepal, May 8, 2015.
    • Members of China International Search & Rescue Team and their rescue dogs arrive at Beijing Capital International Airport after a 13-day mission in Nepal, China, May 8, 2015.
    • A vehicle is unloaded from an U.S. Air Force C-17A Globemaster III aircraft after it landed at Tribhuvan International in Kathmandu, Nepal, May 5, 2015.
    • Women queue for food supplies at a camp for displaced earthquake victims in Kathmandu, May 5, 2015.
    • A campaign is underway in Nepal to immunize half a million children against measles and rubella in the wake of the earthquake, in Lapsiphedi, near Kathmandu, May 4, 2015. 
    • Funchu Tamang, who believes himself to be 101 years old, recounts how he suffered injuries in the recent earthquake, though he believes that he is fortunate to be alive, in the village of Kimtang, May 4, 2015. 
    • People are now living in tents because their homes were damaged in the April 25 earthquake. They line up to receive donated drinking water and packaged noodles, in Kathmandu, Nepal, May 3, 2015.
    VOA News

    Aid deliveries continued Tuesday in Nepal, where some outlying areas remained difficult to reach more than a week after a massive earthquake shook the Himalayan nation.

    With crews digging through collapsed buildings and the remnants of landslides, the government said a total of more than 7,500 people had died as a result of the April 25 quake with another 14,500 injured.

    The United Nations says 8 million people - more than one quarter of Nepal's population - have been affected by the disaster.  

    That number includes nearly 2 million children, and UNICEF said Monday a plane delivered 40 metric tons of aid as part of an effort to provide clean water and prevent any outbreak of water-borne diseases.

    European officials say just 60 EU citizens remain unaccounted for, down from the 1,000 estimated by an official last week.

    On Sunday, police said a 101-year-old man was found about 80 kilometers northwest of the capital, while rescue workers found three other survivors buried in debris in the northeast.

    US aids relief effort

    U.S. military aircraft, including four tilt-rotor Ospreys, heavy equipment and air traffic controllers arrived in Nepal Sunday, hoping to give relief operations a much-needed shot in the arm and reach more difficult areas that have received little aid since the April 25 quake.

    The U.S. will help manage the growing piles of relief supplies clogging Nepal's only international airport in Kathmandu, which is struggling to distribute the aid arriving from around the world since the 7.8-magnitude quake.

    The U.S. forces will "have multiple aims. They'll be delivering relief supplies, they might do some rescues, they'll also do assessments," U.S. Ambassador to Nepal Peter Bodde told the French news agency AFP.

    "They're going to make an immediate difference," U.S. Brigadier General Paul Kennedy added.

    "We've got relief supplies, especially shelter. Most people don't understand that shelter is the most pressing need," Kennedy said. "So we're going to take those things out starting tomorrow [Monday] morning. So for the people that have been affected by this earthquake, it's going to make an immediate impact on their lives."

    Reach remote areas

    Suraya Prasad Silwal, the home ministry secretary, said the U.S. aircraft would also airlift victims out of remote areas that suffered some of the worst devastation following the quake.

    The United Nations also said it is looking at a wider array of options for getting supplies to people in the most remote areas, including transporting provisions on the ground through India.

    "We are still having problems getting things to people," said Orla Fagan, a spokeswoman for the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. "There are people in very, very remote mountain villages."

    But officials said nine days after the quake, hopes of finding more survivors are fast fading and the death toll could climb "much higher" than the current. Thousands of people are still missing.

    The World Food Program vowed to expand efforts to get help to those in need.

    "We were in communities today that we weren't in yesterday and tomorrow we will also deliver to communities that we didn't deliver to today. And we will continue at that pace, increasing that pace, escalating the number of people that we achieve, until no person who was affected by this earthquake is hungry," Executive Director Ertharin Cousin said.

    The United Nations said more than 8 million people have been affected by the earthquake and at least 2 million have been displaced.

    The International Committee of the Red Cross has created a website for friends and family to report missing loved ones or search for those who have checked in.

    Some material for this report came from Reuters.

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    by: Linda Rolf from: United States
    May 04, 2015 6:49 PM
    The Nepalese need to eat Dal Bhat (rice, lentils and vegetables). All Nepali's eat this food twice a day. Please try to find a way to allow them to eat the food they need to sustain them. It is a small gesture but I know it would mean to them. I have been in Nepal for trekking in the past and I know that Dal Bhat is the one food they eat or want to eat.

    by: Linda Rolf from: United States
    May 04, 2015 6:41 PM
    Please help Nepal. They had precious little to begin with and now even that is gone. I hope that the international community will partner with Nepal to resolve this tragedy and lay an infrastructure for the future. Nepali's need help, jobs and hope. They are strong people they just need a chance. Prayers for the Nepalese and all the others who were affected by the earthquake.

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