Key facts about the Nepal quake

2015-04-29 15:47
A Nepalese child injured in the earthquake is taken on a stretcher after being evacuated from higher reaches of mountains by Nepalese army soldiers, in Kathmandu, Nepal, April 29 2015. (Manish Swarup, AP)

A Nepalese child injured in the earthquake is taken on a stretcher after being evacuated from higher reaches of mountains by Nepalese army soldiers, in Kathmandu, Nepal, April 29 2015. (Manish Swarup, AP)

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Kathmandu - A 7.8-magnitude quake struck Nepal at 06:11 GMT on Saturday, April 25 2015, flattening large parts of the capital Kathmandu and causing devastation across the impoverished Himalayan nation.

Here are the key facts about Nepal's worst natural disaster in 80 years.

Death toll

- 5 057 people are known to have died in Nepal alone

- Another 8 000 were injured

- 18 climbers died at Mount Everest base camp when the quake sparked an avalanche

- Two Americans, an Australian, a Japanese and a Chinese national were among the victims on the mountain

- 74 people were killed in India

- In China, 25 lost their lives, according to the ministry of civil affairs in Tibet

Survivors

- The United Nations estimates that eight million people have been affected

- 1.3 million children are in urgent need of humanitarian aid, according to the UN

- Some 1.4 million people require emergency food aid, the World Food Programme says

Aid

- Dozens of countries from around the world have rushed to pledge money. The most significant sums include:

- $15m from the UN's emergency fund

- $15m total contributed by Britain

- $10m pledged by the United States

- $8.4m from Japan, according to local media

- And $4.7m from Australia

Reconstruction

- The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) estimates 530 000 houses were damaged

- Another 70 000 were destroyed, OCHA said

- The UN agency said that up to 90% of health facilities in four districts were severely damaged

- Some 16 000 schools were damaged, according to OCHA

- Business research IHS estimates that reconstruction costs could top $5bn or around 20% of the country's GDP

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