Nepal earthquake: death toll above 5,200

Nepal earthquake: death toll above 5,200

Kathmandu, Nepal: Half a million tents are urgently needed for the huge number of people forced from their homes by Nepal’s devastating earthquake, a government minister said Wednesday, as rescue efforts continue in the stricken nation.

Minendra Rijal, Nepal’s minister of information and communications, said relief operations were underway, but that much more needs to be done. 

“Life is returning to normal, but it will be some time to be completely normal,” he said. “We have still not been able to properly manage to provide relief.”

Rijal wasn’t able to put a precise number on those made homeless by Saturday’s devastating quake.

But he said the government had so far provided more than 4,700 tents and 22,000 tarpaulins to those in need of shelter. Aircraft loaded with tents are expected from India and Thailand in the next day, he said, with another 100,000 tents expected from Pakistan.

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