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The Latest On Nepal Hospitals Coping Well No Outbreaks


3:15 p.m. (0930 GMT)

The World Health Organization says a quick assessment of Nepal's worst-hit districts has found some hospitals damaged or destroyed but most are coping well with no extra staff or beds required. However, they are in need of essential medicines, equipment and materials.

The WHO says the Nepalese health system took measures to prepare for such emergencies.

The agency says it is focused on preventing the possible spread of diarrhoeal diseases among at least 2.8 million displaced people, especially those living in 16 makeshift camps in Kathmandu. So far, the number of cases has not exceeded expectations and no camps have reported an increase in disease or any outbreaks.

- Jerry Harmer, Kathmandu, Nepal

13:50 p.m. (0805 GMT)

A day after two people were pulled alive from underneath the earthquake rubble, Nepali rescuers in orange jumpsuits and wearing masks and hardhats are working amid piles of debris - bricks,

broken slabs of concrete, wooden floorboards, a mangled ceiling fan.

Most of the time they find themselves in a dark warren of wrecked buildings, some of which are still standing only because their fall has been broken by other buildings in the packed quarters.

Some break bricks with sledgehammers, some build small walls with bricks under a building's exposed foundation, which has been partially stabilized with wood and cement.

A generator runs noisily with cords snaking into the narrow passageways where others labor with tools and other machinery to search for any additional survivors.

At a nearby command center, exhausted soldiers and rescuers sit in the shade, some sleeping, near tools and other equipment laid out in neat rows with a sign that reads "logistics.

- Foster Klug, Kathmandu, Nepal


13:15 p.m. (0730 GMT)

Members of the British army Gurkha engineers are back in their native Nepal to help restore water supply in the capital.

One of them, the 34-year-old Cpl. Besh Gurung, says he has been away from Nepal for 13 years and now is glad "I could serve my countrymen when they really needed something so necessary like clean drinking water."

Nearly 2,000 people in tented camps and the Nepalese soldiers stationed in the former royal palace area are the immediate beneficiaries.

Gurkhas have been part of the British military for over two centuries, and have fought in the Falklands, Iraq and Afghanistan. Thousands of young men from the poverty-stricken Himalayan hills still apply to join the force every year.

- Binaj Gurubacharya, Kathmandu, Nepal


9:30 a.m. (0345 GMT)

Nepal's government is giving out 100,000 rupees ($1,000) to families of each of those killed in Saturday's earthquake, and another 40,000 rupees ($400) for funeral costs, according to the state-run Radio Nepal.

Meanwhile, Nepal Rastriya Bank, the central bank, has ordered all private banks to open for at least a few hours Friday as well as over the weekend to meet the demand.

The latest death toll figure stands at 6,198 in Nepal alone, plus 61 elsewhere in the region.

- Binaj Gurubacharya, Kathmandu, Nepal


9:15 a.m. (0330 GMT)

Most of the people who were sleeping outside their homes for fear of aftershocks have moved back indoors.

There were only a few dozen tents left at the Tudikhel grounds in the heart of Kathmandu, with less than a thousand people still there.

The area used to be crowded with more than 30,000 people in the first days after the quake hit.

Almost all the gas stations are open Friday in Kathmandu and there are no more lines.

The popular Hermann's bakery at Lalitpur, a Kathmandu suburb, is selling fresh bread and croissants, which were quickly snapped up.

Krishna Maharjan, who brought green onions and cauliflower from his farm on a bicycle, says he and his fellow farmers on the outskirts of Kathmandu are now delivering produce to the city.

"We are trying to get as much fresh food to the people as possible. I feel it is our small contribution, but that's what we can do and every little bit helps," he says.

- Binaj Gurubacharya, Kathmandu, Nepal


12:15 a.m. (1930 GMT)

Farmers who miss the planting season that is expected to start late May onwards will be unable to harvest rice - the country's staple food - again until late 2016.

The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization says this, together with likely losses of food stocks and wheat and maize harvests, would severely limit food supplies and incomes in the South Asian country, where around two-thirds of people rely on agriculture for their livelihood.

- Cara Anna, United Nations


12 a.m. (1915 GMT)

The U.N. humanitarian chief, Valerie Amos, is in Nepal for a three-day visit to meet victims and local leaders. She plans to visit areas outside the Kathmandu Valley, according to the deputy spokesman for the U.N. secretary-general, Farhan Haq.

The U.N. humanitarian office says about 24,000 people are living in 13 camps in Kathmandu. More than 130,000 houses are reportedly destroyed.

The main challenges are the "inaccessibility of some remote areas, the lack of helicopters, poor communication and security concerns."

- Cara Anna, United Nations

Copyright 2015 The Associated Press.

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