Authorities have reported that the death toll in Nepal has reached 5,006, and could reach 10,000. As of Wednesday, over 10,000 people have been injured as a result of the earthquakes. On Monday a tremor measuring 5.1 on the Richter scale was felt in Nepal and also in parts of India. The earthquake and its aftershocks have also caused 18 deaths on Mt. Everest, 61 deaths in India, and 25 deaths in Tibet.
Lawyerist reported that the Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu was evacuated after Sunday’s aftershock. Shortly thereafter, a plane from Thai Airways attempted to land. It was stuck on the tarmac for over an hour.
The earthquake and its aftershocks have also devastated culturally significant buildings in Nepal. The Kathmandu Valley, for example, is a World Heritage site made up of seven monument zones. UNESCO, the UN’s culture organization, reported that three of the zones, Bhaktapur, Durbar Square and Patan, were completely destroyed.
There have been many aftershocks after the original quake on Saturday. Consequently, even people who still have homes sleep outside out of fear of being trapped by falling debris. Many roads have been damaged, and that has hampered the ability of rescue workers to reach the places and people that need them. Hundreds of people are believed to be still trapped under debris caused by the quake. Many crops and livestock were also destroyed.