New Delhi,A fresh batch of 113 Indians, who arrived in New Delhi, after being evacuated from earthquake-hit Nepal, narrated their ordeal and thanked the government for its prompt response.The evacuees arrived in the Indian Air Force’s (IAF) C-17 Globemaster.Priyanath Jindal, a survivor, expressed his delight on being rescued.
“Most of the buildings have developed cracks due to the earthquake, the condition there is very bad. Several ancient temples have been damaged. I was rescued and am happy that all members of my family are safely back,” Jindal said.
Sanju Shah, another rescued person, said that there are several Indian citizens still stranded outside the airport in Kathmandu.
“Lot of Indians are still in Nepal, lots of people have gathered outside the airport. We were given food and water, and were brought back safely by the Air Force,” he said.
Dr. Balwant Chordia, another survivor, thanked the government and the armed forces for rescuing him from Kathmandu.
“There are a lot of people stuck outside the airport there. There is food and water problem there. The help provided by the Indian Army and Indian Government is really appreciable,” he said.
Earlier in the day, IAF’s IL-76 aircraft brought back 226 people from Nepal.
The death toll from the devastating earthquake, which hit Nepal and northern parts of India on Saturday, climbed over 2,100 today even as the rescue efforts intensified in search of the survivors.
Earlier in the day, a powerful 6.7-magnitude aftershock jolted Nepal and adjoining areas, triggering panic among the people.
The massive earthquake and the aftershocks left behind a trail of death and destruction inNepal’s capital Kathmandu.