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Aid trickles into Nepal’s mountain villages

Published:Thursday | April 30, 2015 | 9:27 AM
Houses on the higher reaches of mountains destroyed in Saturday’s earthquake are seen from a helicopter near Dhadingbesti, in Nepal.
Nepal army soldiers unload relief material from an Indian Air Force helicopter at earthquake affected Dhadingbesti, in Nepal.

The first supplies of food aid has begun reaching remote, earthquake-shattered mountain villages in Nepal, as the official death toll of the quake exceeded 5,000.

Frustration over the slow delivery of humanitarian aid boiled over in a protest in the city, with about 200 people facing off with police and blocking traffic on Wednesday.

The protest was comparatively small and no demonstrators were detained.

However, it reflected growing anger over bottlenecks that delayed much-needed relief four days after the powerful earthquake, which injured more than 10,000 and left many more homeless.

Police, meanwhile, arrested dozens of people on suspicion of looting or causing panic by spreading rumors of another big quake.

Helicopters finally brought food, temporary shelter and other aid to hamlets north of Kathmandu in the mountainous Gorkha District near the epicenter of Saturday's 7.8-magnitude quake.

Women greeted the delivery with repeated cries of "We are hungry!"