Nepal death toll passes 6,800

May 2, 2015 1:11 PM by AP

The death toll from the Nepal earthquake continues to rise as reports filter in from isolated areas. Authorities now say last Sunday's magnitude 7.8 quake has killed more than 6,800 people. Whole villages are in ruins, and the U.N. humanitarian office says more than 130,000 houses were destroyed.

Ertharin Cousin, executive director of the U.N.'s World Food Program, says shelter is the most urgent need, even more important than food. And she says there's a desperate need for more helicopters to get help to the many areas isolated by road-blocking landslides.

There is also worry about the monsoon season and the risk of diseases like cholera and diarrheal infections.


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