Nepal quake toll rises to over 2,300

Kathmandu: The toll in the massive earthquake that devastated Nepal rose to over 2,300 today, the government said.

Nepal’s ministry of home affairs said at least 2,309 people were dead, while 5,850 were injured, according to reports received till 4 p.m. today.

The worst affected districts were Kathmandu, Sindhupalchowk, Lalitpur, Gorkha and Bhaktapur.

The government said search and rescue operations were on and the toll may rise further.

Meanwhile, 22 bodies have been recovered from the Everest base camp after avalanches hit the world’s highest peak, the tourism ministry said on Sunday.

The bodies have been brought back to Kathmandu. Similar avalanches in Everest had killed 13 people in April 2014.

At least 217 tourists have gone missing, the ministry said.

As many as 32 people were rescued from the base camp and airlifted to Kathmandu, while 29 were admitted to a hospital in Lukla.

After repeated aftershocks and an earthquake on Sunday, the Tribhuvan International Airport in the Nepal capital was closed to avert any crisis but was later re-opened in the afternoon, airport officials said.

Hundreds of passengers, including Indians, were stranded at the airport.

Deputy prime minister and minister for home affairs Bamdev Gautam has urged airport officials to keep open the immigration office at Tribhuvan round the clock to assist the passengers.