Nepal death toll crosses 8,000

Kathmandu: The death toll in Nepal’s devastating earthquake has touched 8,019.

A statement from the home ministry put the number of injured at 17,866. The April 25 quake, the worst to hit Nepal after 1934, led to widespread destruction across the country.

Kathmandu alone accounts for 1,222 fatalities. Of these, the bodies of 1,200 victims have been handed over to their relatives. The remaining 22 bodies are yet to be identified.

According to the District Disaster Management Committee, a total of 4,634 people were injured in the capital. Of these, 2,862 have returned home after treatment in hospitals.