#NepalQuake: Death toll passes 6.1k mark
As efforts to treat the almost 14,000 injured continue, the death toll has increased massively.
NEPAL - The death toll from the devastating earthquake in Nepal has passed the 6,100 mark as efforts continue to treat around 14,000 people injured in the disaster.
Aid organisation, Gift of the Givers is expected to start with the first surgeries on Nepalese patients six days after the 7.8 magnitude quake struck.
A second South African group is expected to join the team in Kathmandu this afternoon, taking with it vital search and rescue gear, as well as aid.
Four surgeries have already been scheduled for today.
But the team will only be briefed about what type of surgery will be needed shortly before going into the Kirtipur Hospital operating theatre.
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Gift of the Givers' team leader Ahmed Bham says the hospital in Kathmandu already has a backlog of 25 orthopaedic cases.
"It's about a 100-bed hospital. They were happy to receive us. Having two orthopaedic surgeons in the team, we can start work already."
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An additional 33 medical workers are expected to join the team from today.
Rescue workers are also hoping to start with search operations as soon as vital equipment arrives with the second team.
The Gift of the Givers Foundation has so far not been able to do much work while waiting for equipment.