One-fourth of total deaths in quake was of children below 10: Nepal

A 7.9-magnitude quake hit Nepal on April 25, killing thousands and demolishing more than half a million homes, most of them in rural areas cut off from emergency medical care. A second major quake struck on May 12 just as Nepalis were beginning to recover from the previous one.
Earthquake-victims-receive-treatment-at-medical-camps-in-Nepal-Burhaan-Kinu-HT-Photo
Earthquake-victims-receive-treatment-at-medical-camps-in-Nepal-Burhaan-Kinu-HT-Photo
Updated on May 19, 2015 01:39 PM IST
Copy Link
Hindustan Times | By, Kathmandu

Children below 10 years of age accounted for one-fourth of the total number of deaths in last month's devastating earthquake and its aftershocks in Nepal, police said.

A 7.9-magnitude quake hit Nepal on April 25, killing thousands and demolishing more than half a million homes, most of them in rural areas cut off from emergency medical care. A second major quake struck on May 12 just as Nepalis were beginning to recover from the previous one.

Figures released by Nepal police of 7,679 victims, whose age could be identified, show that nearly 2,000 of them were children between zero and 10 years. The data was released on Monday.

The ages of nearly 1,000 of the over 8,500 killed in the April 25 quake and the May 12 aftershock measuring 7.3 on Richter scale are yet to be verified.

Among figures for males, 28% or 962 were below 10 years whereas 24% or 1,024 of the total number of deaths among females were of girls in that same age category.

The next category where most casualties were witnessed was between 11 and 20 years of age. Among boys, 12% or 387 fell in this group while the figure was 13% or 535 among girls.

More women have died in the last month's devastating earthquake and following aftershocks compared to men. Of the victims whose ages could be verified 56% (4,281) were women in comparison to 44% (3,398) men.

Sixty three people (33 males and 30 females) between the age group of 90 and over 100 years were also among the list of casualties.

At least 58 foreigners, including 40 Indians, have died in the quake and its aftershocks while 112 others are still missing.

SHARE THIS ARTICLE ON
  • ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    Utpal is an assistant editor based in Guwahati. He covers all eight states of North-East and was previously based in Kathmandu, Dehradun and Delhi with Hindustan Times .

Close Story
QUICKREADS

Less time to read?

Try Quickreads

  • Nato heads of states and governments pose for a photo during a summit in Madrid, Spain. (REUTERS)

    In a major shift, Nato identifies China as a systemic challenge

    The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (Nato) on Wednesday for the first time in its history recognised China's “stated ambitions and coercive policies” as a threat to the alliance's interests, security and values in a sign of the rapid shift in European geopolitical attitudes. The much-anticipated strategic concept, the first since 2010, was released during a historic Nato summit in Madrid that saw the participation of Australia, Japan, New Zealand and Korea.

  • Earlier on Sunday, the leaders of the Group of Seven (G7) had mocked Putin over his shirtless, bare-chested horse-riding picture.

    'If Putin were a woman...': UK PM Boris Johnson on Ukraine war

    Russian President Vladimir Putin would not have started the war in Ukraine if he was a woman, said UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Wednesday days after G7 members mocked the bare-chested pictures of the Russian leader. During his interview, the British PM also emphasized that everyone wants the Russia-Ukraine war to end. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson asked other leaders sitting around a table. "We all have to show that we're tougher than Putin."

  • FILE PHOTO: South Korea approves first homemade Covid-19 vaccine

    South Korea approves first homemade Covid-19 vaccine

    Health officials in South Korea on Wednesday approved the country's first domestically developed COVID-19 vaccine for people 18 years or older, adding another public health tool in the fight against a prolonged pandemic.

  • Sri Lanka fuel protests (Credit: @SriLankaTweet)

    Sri Lankans struggle for petrol due to fuel shortage, demonstrations to continue

    Sri Lankan doctors and other medical staff as well as teachers will take to the streets on Wednesday to demand that the government solve a severe fuel shortage at the heart of the South Asian country's worst economic crisis in decades. The government, left with only enough fuel to last about a week, on Tuesday restricted supplies to essential services, like trains, buses and the health sector, for two weeks.

  • Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan chief Mufti Noor Wali Mehsud.

    TTP says no breakthrough in talks with Pak General

    The chief of the outlawed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan has said there won't be a dissolution of or surrender by the group even if the peace talks with the Pakistan government succeeds. In a video released by TTP, its chief, Mufti Noor Wali Mehsud, who has been leading the peace talks for the group, revealed that former Director-General of ISI and Core Commander Peshawar (Gen) Faiz Hameed has been representing the Pakistan government.

SHARE
Story Saved
×
Saved Articles
Following
My Reads
Sign out
New Delhi 0C
Thursday, June 30, 2022