- Title: QUAKE-NEPAL/VIGIL Candlelight vigil held for Nepal quake victims
- Date: 28th April 2015
- Summary: KATHMANDU, NEPAL (APRIL 28, 2015) (ORIGINALLY 4:3) (ANI) VARIOUS OF PEOPLE GATHERED AROUND LIT CANDLES ON A TABLE (SOUNDBITE) (Hindi) LOCAL RESIDENT, SURINDER, SAYING: "We are holding this candlelight vigil for those who lost their lives in the earthquake, our brothers, sisters, our neighbours." PEOPLE HOLDING CANDLES (SOUNDBITE) (Hindi) LOCAL RESIDENT, ANUSHKA, SAYING: "We appeal to the Nepalese government to give the required aid to our aggrieved brothers and sisters as fast as possible so that we can stand as a strong nation once again." PEOPLE LIGHTING CANDLES
- Embargoed: 15th May 2015 15:46
- Location: Nepal
- Country: Nepal
- Topics: General
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- Story Text: EDITORS PLEASE NOTE: THIS EDIT CONTAINS MATERIAL WHICH WAS ORIGINALLY 4:3
Residents in Kathmandu held a candlelight vigil on Tuesday (April 28) to remember those who lost their lives in the worst earthquake to hit Nepal in 81 years.
According to the home (interior) ministry, the confirmed death toll stands at 4,682, with more than 9,240 injured.
But Nepal's prime minister warned the number of dead could reach as high as 10,000.
Three days after the quake and successive aftershocks, Kathmandu residents braved the rain to pray for the victims.
"We are holding this candlelight vigil for those who lost their lives in the earthquake, our brothers, sisters, our neighbours," said local resident, Surinder.
Officials acknowledged that they were overwhelmed by the scale of the disaster.
International aid has begun arriving in Nepal, but disbursement has been slow, partly because aftershocks have sporadically closed the airport.
Kathmandu residents called on the authorities to provide help.
"We appeal to the Nepalese government to give the required aid to our aggrieved brothers and sisters as fast as possible so that we can stand as a strong nation once again," said Anushka.
Experts said the chance of finding people alive in the ruins was slim.
But in a rare glimmer of hope, a Nepali-French rescue team pulled a 28-year-old man, Rishi Khanal, from a collapsed apartment block in Kathmandu after he had spent around 80 hours trapped in a room with three dead bodies.
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