Dubai trekkers alive, but time is running out in search for earthquake survivors in Nepal
Nepalese army search through the rubble in Durbar Square, Kathmandu. (AFP/PRAKASH MATHEMA)
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Six Dubai residents who were feared missing after Nepal’s devastating earthquake hit on Saturday have been found alive and well, according to a Khaleej Times report. The men, all in their 20s, had gone to The Last Resort adventure getaway, 100km east of the capital Kathmandu on the road to bordering Tibet. They have now made contact via friends and family to report their whereabouts.
Meanwhile, time is running out in the search for survivors, as some of the worst-hit areas have not yet been reached due to the remote locations of some villages, according to AFP.
Nepalese rescue teams have been bolstered by hundreds of aid workers from countries including China, India and the United States, according to AP. The Jerusalem Post reports that 260 soldiers from the Israeli Defence Force have arrived in Kathmandu to bolster search and rescue efforts. The IDF has also brought in 95 tons of equipment and material to help set up field hospitals. Up to 250 Israelis are thought to have been caught up in the disaster.
For survivors, an atmosphere of fear and confusion is prevalent as roads and airports are jammed as people attempt to leave the city. Food, water and electricity shortages are rife, and medical staff are overwhelmed.
The death toll from the 7.9 magnitude earthquake could reach 10,000, Prime Minister Sushil Koirala told Reuters on Tuesday, ordering intensification of rescue efforts and appealing for tents and medicines from abroad. "The government needs tents, much medicine. People are sleeping in fields and rains," he said. "There are more than 7,000 people injured. Their treatment and rehabilitation is going to be a big challenge."