Choppers ferry injured in Nepal; new mudslide hits village
Helicopters crisscrossed the mountains above a remote district yesterday near the epicentre of the weekend earthquake in Nepal that killed more than 4,600 people, ferrying the injured and delivering emergency supplies. Officials said 250 villagers were feared missing in a new mudslide.
Two helicopters brought in eight women from Ranachour village, two of them clutching babies and a third heavily pregnant.
"There are many more injured people in my village," said Sangita Shrestha, who was pregnant and visibly downcast as she got off the helicopter. She was quickly surrounded by Nepalese soldiers and policemen and ushered into a waiting van to be taken to a hospital.
The little town of Gorkha, the district's administrative and trading centre, is being used as a staging post to get rescuers and supplies to those remote communities after Saturday's magnitude-7.8 earthquake.
Not far from the quake's epicentre, 250 people were feared missing after a mudslide and avalanche yesterday, district official Gautam Rimal said.