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Russian Emergencies Ministry’s rescuers inspect 2.3 sq km of rubble in disaster-hit Nepal

May 03, 2015, 11:37 UTC+3 KATHMANDU
Rescue operations in earthquake-stricken Nepal may take up to three weeks
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KATHMANDU, May 3. /TASS/. Russian Emergencies Ministry’s rescuers have inspected more than 2,300 square meters of rubble, the head of the rescue team Alexander Romanov told TASS on Sunday.

"Works were conducted in 23 areas, 34 buildings were inspected, works carried out through 2,300 square meters of rubble," Romanov said.

The Tsentrospas group continued working in the Dhading district 90 kilometers to the north-west of Kathmandu. Rescuers inspected more than 1,000 square meters of rubble.

The Leader group used heavy equipment in clearing out rubble in the Sitapaila district and inspected five buildings.

Eighty-six people sought medical help from Russian doctors, including 23 Russians, 56 Nepalese citizens and three Ukrainians.

Russian Emergencies Ministry’s An-148 plane is expected to arrive to Nepal on Sunday. It will evacuate 34 people from the earthquake-stricken country.

The devastating 7.9 magnitude earthquake rocked Nepal on April 25. The death toll of the earthquake has reached 7,000 people, according to latest reports, while more than 14,000 others were injured. According to the United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC), at least 6.6 million citizens have been affected by the disaster.

Seismologists have registered 67 aftershocks after the devastating earthquake. The magnitude of aftershocks varied from 3.2 to 6.9, most of them were felt on the territory of India, Myanmar and Bangladesh.

Rescue operations may take up to three weeks

Rescue operations in earthquake-stricken Nepal may take up to three weeks, Nepalese police spokesman told TASS on Sunday.

"Helicopters carrying humanitarian aid have reached most remote areas. It will take time to deliver aid to all regions. According to our estimates, rescue operations may take 15-20 more days," the spokesman said.

He added that according to latest data, 7,057 people died and 14,227 others were injured in the disaster.

Russian Emergencies Ministry’s rescuers have inspected more than 2,300 square meters of rubble, the head of the rescue team Alexander Romanov told TASS earlier on Sunday. "Works were conducted in 23 areas, 34 buildings were inspected, works carried out through 2,300 square meters of rubble," Romanov said.

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