55 bodies found in Nepal six weeks after massive earthquake

  • Utpal Parashar, Hindustan Times, Kathmandu
  • Updated: Jun 07, 2015 09:50 IST

Fifty five more bodies, including those of four foreigners, have been found in Nepal nearly six weeks after a 7.9-magnitude earthquake devastated many parts of the country.

The bodies were pulled out from the rubble of flattened buildings in Langtang village of Rasuwa district by joint teams of police and army personnel.

Hundreds had gone missing after the April 25 temblor triggered landslides and avalanches in the area.

Personal belongings of victims helped rescuers identify two Spaniards and one person each from Germany and the Netherlands among the bodies found on Friday and Saturday.

The foreigners were identified as Elsner Leonie from Germany, Leitner Geb Wieger from Netherlands, Maria Isabel Ortiz from Spain – all women – and Miguel Angel Pizarro from Spain. The other 51 victims were Nepalese.

"Some bodies were decomposing due to environmental exposure while others were believed to have been eaten by vultures beyond recognition," police official Pravin Pokharel told The Himalayan Times.

The bodies of many victims were identified by relatives from their clothes. The foreigners were identified with the help of documents such as passports.

Langtang, located north of Kathmandu near Nepal's border with Tibet, is popular among foreign trekkers. Avalanches and landslides destroyed the village, killing more than 100. Many more were reported missing.

Police and army teams are still clearing the region and more bodies are expected to be recovered in the coming days, officials said.

The April 25 quake and another big temblor on May 12 claimed more than 8,700 lives and injured over 22,000. Hundreds are still reported missing.

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