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Rescue operation underway in Kathmandu


04-28-2015 10:28 BJT

Full coverage: 8.1-Magnitude Quake Hits Central Nepal

Tony Cheng is in Kathmandu, following the rescue operation there. He shot the footage about 48 hours after the quake.

In some parts of Kathmandu, the search and rescue has been halted, so they can start to clear the rubble. A mechanical digger claws through the wreckage of a home, twelve people were pulled dead from this block, with no survivors.

As a crowd of locals look on, the emergency workers dig through the concrete. Their efforts are hampered by leaking gas cannisters, an unintended spark could have disastrous consequences. But their efforts are to no avail. In the basement, four corpses. Nonetheless, they’re not giving up hope of finding survivors.

"There may be a possibility because somewhere there may a void space, and there maybe the possibility of some live victims as we have seen in Bangladesh after 17 days one live victim was pulled from the rubble," said Rajkamal Malik of Indian Response Force.

Elsewhere, some semblance of ordinary life was returning for those who are camping out on the streets, although electricity and water remain cut off. Water is being trucked to strategic points in the city by the army, and most people are getting enough for their basic needs. But other shortages are starting to be felt.

"This man told me that food was now in short supply, that they couldn’t find what they needed on the streets, and other supplies were running out," Tony reports.

And more important concerns for the bereaved, burying the victims of the earthquake.

Funeral rites taking place all across the city as the dead are retrieved from the wreckage of the homes in which they died.

Funeral pyres burning as the survivors turn their attention to rebuilding their lives.

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