Apr 27, 2015, 8:19 PM
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Iran calls for immediate shipment of   emergency supplies to Nepal

New Delhi, April 27, IRNA – Iran's honorary consul-general to Nepal Naresh Shrestha said on Monday that Nepal quake tragedy is far beyond imagination, calling for immediate shipment of emergency supplies.

Shrestha told IRNA that thousands of people are still buried under debris in Kathmandu and regarding scale of damage and sluggish shipment of emergency supplies and shortage of equipment, several days or weeks later will be enough to assess the real scale of damage and death toll.

He said that about 40,000 people might have been killed by the disaster and unfortunately the world community has not yet got aware of the depth of the catastrophe.

He said 100,000 quake-stricken victims are still in open space without primary facilities, drinking water, food and sanitation services.

He noted that due to destruction of roads, it is not possible to access many regions yet and the relief aid services are concentrated on the capital.

A massive earthquake measuring 7.8 on the Richter scale shook Nepal near its capital with aftershocks continuing through the region hours later.

According to the country’s Home Ministry, 1,805 have been killed and 4,718 injured by the powerful earthquake so far, but many more are feared dead under rubble as rescue efforts are underway to pull out the victims.

According to the country’s information minister, Minendra Rijal, the death toll could reach 4,500 during the next 24 hours.