6500 Injured, Death Toll Rises In Kathmandu Earthquake.


At least 3,218 people are now known to have died in a massive earthquake which hit Nepal on Saturday, say officials. Rameshwor Dangal, head of Nepal’s disaster management agency, said another 6,500 people had been injured. 

Power and Energy Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka today said the Nepal earthquake was not an isolated incident but a result of destructive nature of mankind. Addressing the Workshop on Downstream Petroleum Industry, he said that developed countries were mostly responsible for the environmental consequences. “However, it is interesting to note that the developed world had no regard for the environmental consequences when they were developing since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution. Only now they have realized the gravity of the problem and are trying to limit the environmental consequences,” he said. He said the Kathmandu disaster has happened near two converging plates, that is Eurasian and the Indian plates. “Therefore, the gradual change and readjustment in these tectonic plates will change the gravity of the whole region resulting many environmental consequences,” the minister said. –