According to the Red Cross, towns and villages near the epicenter of Saturday’s earthquake in Central Nepal have suffered almost “total devastation.”
As for the loss so far, Nepal has recorded that 6,204 people are known to have died in the 7.8-magnitude quake and that 13,932 more have been injured, and the numbers continue to grow.
Rescue teams from Nepal operating in the capital Kathmandu and the surrounding areas keep attempting to travel into the more remote areas to begin recovery but due to a number of continuing landslides and poor weather, they have yet been unable to do so. Because of this, the fate of thousands remains unknown and it is believed that the death toll could still rise to more than 10,000.
The Nepalese home ministry reports that 20 helicopters carrying relief have landed in the districts of Sindhupalchok, Dolakha, Rasuwa, Nuwakot, Dhading and Gorkha.
But correspondents say that there is a severe helicopter shortage and although China is expected to send more, Nepal has since had to appeal to other countries for further aircraft.
Because of this, the United Nations launched what is considered a “flash appeal” for $415 million to assist Nepal over the next three months. But on Friday, the UN told the BBC it had only received $5.8m of that promised funding thus far–a worrying development in this already horrifying story.