Desperate Nepal quake survivors target rescuers

Earthquake survivors have started targeting rescue workers, stealing their tents and other belongings.

The Gift of the Givers team walking through an area where scores of buildings collapsed during the quake. Picture: Mia Lindeque/EWN.

NEPAL - Members of a local search and rescue team operating in Nepal have given chilling accounts of how desperate earthquake survivors have started targeting rescue workers stealing their tents and other belongings.

The 25 April earthquake has killed 7,276 people and wounded over 14,300, Nepal's government said.

The Gift of the Givers team of rescue workers will leave Kathmandu on Wednesday as the attention shifts from looking for victims of the quake to giving medical attention to survivors.

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The South African relief group's medical team will remain behind to help with the backlog in treating injured survivors.

Emergency services worker Markes Butler says many Nepalese have already started to pick up the pieces most of them showing no emotion as they try to rebuild their lives.

"We can smell the dead bodies but people continue with their daily lives and as we continue to search for people others have already made peace."

Fellow rescue worker Justin Colbert says people in rural villages are so desperate that they're starting to resort to crime.

"A bunch of doctors got robbed of their tents, their food and personal belongings."

Most rescue teams are now preparing to leave the country with government here saying the search operation is over, and focus must shift to helping those who've survived.