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article image100 bodies dug up in remote Nepal trekker's village, more to come

By Marcus Hondro     May 4, 2015 in World
The body count continues to rise over a week after the devastating earthquake in Nepal. On Monday officials found an entire village wiped out. Rescuers and volunteers only reached the small village of Langtang Sunday and what they discovered was horrific.
Earthquake buries trekkers village
Langtang, about 60 kilometres north of Katmandu, is no more. What police rescuers and volunteers from the area say they found was a village buried in snow and ice that came down when the April 25 earthquake occurred; to date they have pulled 100 bodies out of the massive piles of snow.
A popular visiting place for foreigners on a trek through the surrounding Himalayas, Langtang has 55 guesthouses for visitors. It's unknown how many of those guest houses have been dug up and checked for bodies, and officials have not even indicated if they have reached the area where the guesthouses are located.
Officials said they expect to find as many as another 100 to 120 more bodies buried in the area that comprised the village. "We had not been able to reach the area earlier because of rains and cloudy weather," the district's senior bureaucrat, Uddhav Bhattarai, said on Sunday.
Nepal body count grows
Thus far only seven of the 100 bodies are known to be foreign trekkers, though only two of those dead trekkers were identified. The rest of those killed were likely villagers and it is believed that everyone inside the village of Langtang at the time died. They are digging out the dead with shovels.
The body count overall in the disaster has now reached almost 7,400 dead, with another 14,500 wounded. There are buildings in Katmandu that have yet to be checked and other remote villages that haven't been contacted. However, rescuers say they are getting a handle on things in the country.
Despite there being more work for rescuers, many foreign rescue crews — some 34 countries have sent crews — have been told by the Nepalese government they can now return home. Foreigners who are bringing in relief, however, are still needed.
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