NEPAL, Nepal — Nepaleses earthquake-hit capital city of Kathmandu is on the brink of a massive landslide, with more earthquakes in the region this year.
The quake that hit the city last week, killing more than 8,000 people and damaging more than 4,000 homes, was the biggest in modern times and could have been even bigger.
It is one of the most powerful on record, with a magnitude of 6.8, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
The earthquake struck just as the coronavirus outbreak in Nepal was ramping up, according the World Health Organization, and as a result, some areas of Kathmaari were left without water, power and basic necessities.
The country’s prime minister, Prachanda, said Friday that at least 4,800 people have died in Nepal and more than 11,000 have been injured, with about 1,000 more injured in Kathmandua.
The number of fatalities is expected to rise as more people are counted in the areas hit by the quake.
In Kathmandi, the capital of the country, people have been lining up for food, fuel and supplies to survive.
Some shops have shut, and police have banned all gatherings.
The government declared a state of emergency and deployed thousands of troops, but that has not stopped the outbreak from spreading.
People have been forced to live in the rubble of collapsed buildings.
The death toll in Kathrauli is expected surpass 9,000 and has been estimated to rise even higher.
The city’s roads and rail systems have been cut off, and many people have not been able to return home, leaving them trapped on the streets.
A huge swath of the city is covered in mud and the area around Kathmandaksha, which is located about an hour’s drive from the capital, is almost completely destroyed.
The disaster, in which an estimated 1.2 million people were affected, has left the country in a state the World Bank has described as “terribly fragile.”
The U.N. has issued a “grave” assessment of the disaster, which calls for a $2.8 trillion emergency assistance package.
military is conducting a rapid response effort in the area, with up to 40 U.,S.
and Canadian troops on the ground.