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Nepal's official quake toll 7,802, Red Cross says 8,413 dead

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  8 May 2015 12:00 AM GMT

Kathmandu, May 7: Nepal on Thursday said the powerful earthquake which rocked the Himalayan tion last month has claimed 7,802 lives, but the Nepal Red Cross Society put the toll at 8,413. The home ministry said another 15,911 people were injured in the April 25 temblor which measured 7.9 on the Richter scale. A home ministry statement said 7,683 of the bodies were handed over to the kin of the deceased. A total of 6,088 injured people were still in various hospitals. The ministry said 322 people — 211 Nepalese and 111 foreigners — were still missing. Sindhupalchok district accounted for 3,035 deaths, followed by Kathmandu where 1,210 people were killed. The quake destroyed 288,798 houses and 10,790 government buildings. Another 254,411 houses and 14,997 government buildings were partially damaged. Earlier on Thursday, the Nepal Red Cross Society put the toll at 8,413 and the number of injured at 17,576. The earthquake, the worst to hit Nepal after 1934, caused widespread destruction. (IANS)

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