Bodies are still being found six days after the 7.9 magnitude quake devastated the Himalayan nation of 28 million people. “Morgues are full beyond capacity and we have been given instruction to incinerate bodies immediately after they are pulled out,” said official Raman Lal. A home ministry official said the death toll had risen to 6,134, with 13,906 injured. And Prime Minister Sushil Koirala revealed the death toll from the quake could reach 10,000.
According to the United Nations, 600,000 houses have been destroyed or damaged – and the country is facing a huge repair bill. Finance Minister Ram Sharan Mahat said Nepal would need at least $2 billion to rebuild homes, hospitals, government offices and historic buildings and appealed for help from international donors. The United Nations has said 8 million people had been affected, with at least 2 million in need of tents, water, food and medicines over the next three months.