Nepal: Overwhelmed Response, Rising Toll

The death toll from Saturday’s earthquake in Nepal has surpassed 3,600 with many more feared dead as authorities still can’t reach remote villages near the quake’s epicenter, The Guardian reports.

The quake’s devastation has sparked requests for rescue and assistance teams across the country, overwhelming the government. Unicef has warned that almost 1 million children have been “severely affected” and raised concerns about increased risks for waterborne and infectious disease outbreaks.

“Our biggest concern for them right now is going to be access to clean water and sanitation, we know that water and food is running out,” Unicef’s Christopher Tidey told a Guardian reporter.

Rescue and relief operations halted for a few hours on Sunday as intense aftershocks roiled the Kathmandu valley and the region, according to The Times of India.

Shattered by the earthquake, Nepal’s survivors must now prepare for heavy rain and thunderstorms for the next couple days.

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