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Nepal: Death toll of earthquake hits 7,365 over 14,000 injured-officials


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(By Estera Popowska)

With Nepalese officials warning that it may be difficult to find  more survivors, the death toll from April 25 earthquake that hit Nepal has risen to 7,365 with the injury number standing at 14,366, agencies repored.

The Nepalese government reportedly said Saturday that chances of finding survivors buried in rubble are "extremely slim." Nepal’s Home Ministry spokesman Laxmi Dhakal reportedly said “It will be a miracle if anyone is found alive,” adding that “but we have not completely given up yet and are continuing to look.”

A week after a magnitude-7.8 earthquake killed thousands in Nepal, the United Nations estimates that more than 3 million people are in need of food assistance , nearly half of those need it immediately.

Sources say supplemental feeding is necessary for 200,000 children and pregnant or lactating women in the country. And therapeutic feeding in needed for some 15,000 children with severe acute malnutrition, and 70,000 more with moderate acute malnutrition.

According to UN's most recent situation report, at least $61 million in humanitarian pledges, commitments and contributions has been provided for earthquake response so far, but more is needed. The UN report urges that the pace of assistance needs to be sped up in order to reach affected populations before the monsoon season starts.

CNN says  the U.N.'s humanitarian affairs chief, Valerie Amos, on Friday joined with the European Union's Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, Christos Stylianides, to ask for $415 million for immediate humanitarian relief from the international community. Both Amos and Stylianides traveled to Nepal to help coordinate the humanitarian response. (CNN and Xinhuan)