BBC News with Jonathan Izard.
Hundreds of thousands of people in Nepal are spending a second night outdoors in the devastations of Saturday's earthquake. More than two and a half thousand people are confirmed dead in the disaster. But the death toll could rise as some of the worst-affected areas are still not being reached. Matt Davis works with the charity, World Vision, in the capital, Kathmandu.
He's been speaking to people evacuated from the town of Pokhara near the epicentre of the quake.“I spoke to one man. He had been evacuated into the hospital where I was in the very first helicopter. His village had one thousand one hundred homes. Almost every home was decimated. He estimated that ninety percent. That's a village of over two thousand people. There could be many other villages in the similar case where the entire village is overgone.”
Rescue and aid efforts are being hampered by blocked roads and bad weather. Patrick Fuller from the International Federation of the Red Cross said it was still difficult to access remote rural areas.
“Getting to these areas is a big concern. It's big question mark. We simply don't know the situation. Nor does anyone, really, the scale of the damage outside the Kathmandu Valley. Its population, about six million people living in this area. We have Red Cross teams and units on the ground. We can't reach them. We knew our own people had been affected in Nepal. We lost a number of stuff and volunteers. The United Nations Children's Agency says the country is running out of water and food and there are frequent power cuts. It says almost one million children living in affected areas are threatened by poor sanitation and a lack of safe water.”
Rescuers in Nepal say an unknown number of mountaineers are trapped on Mount Everest, unable to descend, after avalanches swept away their ropes and ladders. 17 climbers died on the Mountain on Saturday.
Police in Burundi have shot dead at least two people during protest against the selection of President Pierre Nkurunziza to run for a third term in office. Police fired teargas, water cannon and live bullets at demonstrators in the capital, Bujumbura. The United States says the governing party's decision to nominate Mr. Nkurunziza means Burundi has lost what it described as a historic opportunity to strengthen its democracy. From Bujumbura, here's Maud Julien.
“Several groups of protesters in the capital erected barricades and threw stones at policemen, who responded with teargas and live bullets. Protesters chanted slogans for peace. And one told the BBC they would not leave the streets until the President vowed to step down at the end of his term next month. More than ten thousand people have fled Burundi since mid-April, fearing electoral tension could spiral out of control.”
President Hollande of France has warned that the dangers of persistent racism and anti-semitism during a visit to the site of the only former Nazi concentration camp on French soil. He was taking part in the ceremony to mark 70 years since Allied Troops liberated the camps at the end of the Second World War. Most of the fifty thousand inmates at Natzweiler-Struthof in Alsatian were French resistance fighters, but they also included Jews and gypsies.
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