Nepal earthquake: It will be a miracle if anyone is found alive - Home Ministry

Fears of outbreak of life-threatening diseases have been compounded by overflowing hospitals and field health centres. Read: After earthquake, Nepal awaits an epidemic: Doctors.

'It will be a miracle if anyone is found alive,' said Home Ministry spokesman Laxmi Dhakal. 'But we have not completely given up yet and are continuing to look.' There is only 'a small window of time' for rescuers to make arrangements to protect people from this, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) said today. Read: India sends free insulin to diabetics in quake-ravaged Nepal.

With the monsoon season only a few weeks away, children will be at heightened risk of diseases like cholera and diarrhoeal infections, as well as being more vulnerable to the threat of landslides and floods, it said. 'The earthquake has caused unimaginable destruction. Hospitals are overflowing, water is scarce, bodies are still buried under the rubble and people are still sleeping in the open. This is a perfect breeding ground for diseases,' said Rownak Khan, UNICEF Deputy Representative in Nepal. Read: WHO gives emergency health kits, funds to quake-hit Nepal.

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Top Indian officials took stock of the situation in the battered country as they assured Nepal of further intensifying relief assistance. National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar called on Prime Minister Sushil Koirala on Friday to discuss ways to ramp up rescue and relief operations in the affected areas. Indian doctors and nurses rush to earthquake-struck Nepal s aid.

Nepal's remote mountainous areas have suffered 'almost total devastation' from the powerful quake, aid agencies have warned, calling for greater urgency in relief efforts.

Source: PTI

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